Up to three gunman stormed a TV station in Kabul on Tuesday, the latest assault in a series of deadly attacks on Afghan media. The attack has left 1 security dead and at least 20 staff members Injured.

Militants were firing rocket-propelled grenades at security forces surrounding the headquarters of Shamshad TV, with staff trapped inside.

“A group of armed men have entered the building and security forces are fighting them,” Kabul police spokesman Basir Mujahid told AFP news agency.

The interior ministry said possibly three attackers were involved in the attack.

The TV station claimed that the first attacker blew himself up at the front gate, while the other attacker stationed himself at the top of the roof to fire at security forces.

While the staff were trapped inside the building, normal programmes were replaced with a still image. Some members of the staff escaped the attack through a neighbouring building while others jumped out of the windows.

“This is an attack on freedom of media but they cannot silence us,” news director Abid Ehsas stated in an interview with Tolo News.

Afghanistan has become a very dangerous country for media workers and journalists, from January to June of 2017 the Afghan Journalists Safety Committee recorded 73 cases of violence against Journalists. A 35% increase from January to June of 2016.

 


More details to follow. Image of the scene from social media. 

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Written by Eli Ridder

Eli Ridder is a journalism student at the University of Guelph-Humber and a senior correspondent for multiple independent publications including, but not limited to, The Anon Journal, Berning Media Network and the Ribbon. Find out more at eliridder.ca

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