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Two Afghan journalists killed in attack on radio station: Officials

KABUL: Two reporters were shot and killed when gunmen stormed their radio station in northeast Afghanistan, officers mentioned on Wednesday, underscoring the hazards confronted via journalists within the war-torn country.

The pair, both males in their 20s, were gunned down within the studios of Radio Hamsada, a private broadcaster primarily based in Taloqan, the capital of Takhar province.

Nobody has claimed duty for the attack and an investigation used to be underway, provincial spokesman Jawad Hejri informed AFP.

"Two unidentified gunmen entered the radio station's office at around 6pm on Tuesday. They opened fire on two reporters who were behind their mics during a live programme. Both reporters died at the scene," he mentioned.

The attack is the second one this yr in Afghanistan focused on reporters, and springs as diplomatic efforts to end the 17-year warfare have intensified.

Last month, Afghan citizen journalist Jawid Noori used to be snatched from his automobile and murdered via the Taliban in Farah province within the country's west. 2018 used to be the deadliest yr on document for reporters in Afghanistan, consistent with Reporters Without Borders.

Amnesty International described the newest attack as a "horrific crime" and instructed Afghan government to verify coverage for reporters so they may work safely.

"This attack once again highlights the risks journalists continue to face in Afghanistan for just doing their job," the group's South Asia researcher, Zaman Sultani, mentioned in a commentary.

Afghanistan's Journalists Safety Committee issued a commentary calling on the executive to "identify the perpetrators and make sure that the justice is served." AFP's chief photographer in Afghanistan, Shah Marai, used to be amongst 25 other people killed along with eight other reporters in a bomb attack in April 2018.

Less than three months later, AFP driving force Mohammad Akhtar used to be killed in every other suicide attack on his technique to work.

According to RSF, 60 reporters and media staff had been killed in Afghanistan since the US-led invasion in 2001 that toppled the Taliban regime and enabled unbiased media to blossom in its wake -- a median of around three a yr.

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