Journalist Killed In Kabul Bomb Blast Targeting TV Workers: Officials
01 June, 2020, 19:40
A journalist and a driver were killed when a private bus carrying employees of an Afghan television station was hit by a roadside bomb in the capital, Kabul, the network's news director and officials have said. "Attacks on the media are attacks on Afghanistan's freedom and progress", the embassy said in a tweet.
The attack came after the the expiration of a truce that Taliban and Afghan nationals security forces reached during the three-day Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which ended Tuesday.
"The target of the blast was the vehicle of Khurshid private TV", a ministry statement said.
No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.
The network had been hit in a similar attack past year in August when a magnetic improvised explosive targeted a bus carrying its employees, killing two pedestrians and injuring three of the channel's staff.
Afghanistan is one of the world's deadliest places for reporters, who face many risks covering the country's long conflict.
Representatives of the Afghan government and a five-member Taliban technical delegation continued discussions over the issue of prisoners' release in an effort to jump-start a peace process for the country, it was reported.
The latest attack comes during an overall drop in violence across much of Afghanistan since the Taliban offered a surprise three-day ceasefire on May 24.
In an apparent effort to resuscitate the flagging peace agreement signed between the US and Taliban in February, hundreds of Taliban prisoners were released by the government last week, and the Taliban made a reciprocal release of government personnel.
At least nine journalists were killed while reporting from the scene of a suicide bombing in April 2018, when a second bomber detonated his explosives after waiting for first responders to arrive at the scene.
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