10 journalists killed in day of bloodshed in Afghanistan

An appalling attack in the Afghan capital Kabul has killed nine journalists including Shah Marai from INSI member AFP.

A suicide bomber on a motorbike detonated an explosion on Monday. When journalists ran to cover the attack, a person posing as a media worker detonated a second bomb. At least 29 people were killed including the journalists and four police officers, according to CNN. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility.

“INSI is devastated to hear about the deaths of nine journalists in Afghanistan today,” said INSI’s Assistant Director Anna Bevan. “They paid the ultimate price for their work, and every one of the journalists killed leaves a legacy of loss. Our thoughts are with their families.”

Among the dead were Abadullah Hananzai, Maharram Durrani and Sabawoon Kakar from Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty; 1TV’s Ghazi Rasouli and Nowruz Ali and TOLOnews cameraman Yar Mohammad Tokhi.

In a separate incident, the BBC on Monday confirmed the death of BBC Afghan reporter Ahmad Shah following an attack in Khost province.

"April 30 will be remembered as the deadliest day in Afghan media history," said the Afghanistan Federation of Journalists in a statement.

Afghanistan has consistently been one of the deadliest countries for the media in recent years. INSI statistics show it was the most dangerous country for journalists in 2017 with 12 killed. Monday’s attacks bring Afghanistan’s 2018 total to 11.

Image by AFP of Shah Marai