Journalist killed in Kabul bomb blast

Agence France-Presse . Kabul | Published: 01:12, May 31,2020


A roadside bomb killed a journalist and driver after struck a minivan carrying employees of a private Afghan television channel in Kabul on Saturday, killing a journalist and the driver, the network’s news director and officials said.

The pair died when the bus carrying 15 employees from Khurshid TV was struck, the channel’s news director Jawed Farhad said.

The interior ministry also confirmed the attack, saying the minivan had been targeted.

‘The target of the blast was the vehicle of Khurshid private TV,’ a ministry statement said.

Pictures shared on social media showed a white minibus with extensive damage to its front. It was the second such attack targeting employees of the channel in less than a year.

In August 2019, two passers-by were killed when a ‘sticky bomb’ — a type of homemade explosive attached to vehicles with magnets — struck a similar Khurshid TV van.

No group claimed responsibility for that attack, which wounded three employees, and no one immediately claimed Saturday’s attack.

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