Afghan Ambassador to India Shaida Mohammad Abdali
Afghan Ambassador to India Shaida Mohammad Abdali

2018 bloodiest year for Afghan Media: Afghan Ambassador to India

ANI | Updated: May 04, 2018 22:50 IST

New Delhi [India], May 04 (ANI): Afghan Ambassador to India Shaida Mohammad Abdali on Friday dwelled upon the killing of nine journalists in the war-torn country's capital city Kabul in dual blasts on Monday.

"This was the bloodiest year for Afghan Media. This was an attack on global media. More importantly, this attack was on Afghan youth," Abdali said at a condolence meeting held here to pay homage to killed journalists.

"Afghanistan, in terms of security, is a challenge but at the same time, it is not the most dangerous place. We are trying our best to protect media," the Afghan diplomat added.

Earlier on Monday, two suicide bombers killed almost 30 people in the double bombing in Shash Darak area of Kabul city. Nine journalists were also killed in the incident.

The second attacker impersonated as a member of the media fraternity.

According to the reports, the journalists who have been killed have been identified as Agence France-Presse's (AFP) photographer Shah Marai, Radio Free Europe's Ebadullah Hananzai and Sabawoon Kakar Tolonews' Yar Mohammad Tokhi, 1TV's Ghazi Rasooli and Nowrooz Rajabj, Mashal TV's Saleem Talash and Ali Salimi, Shamsad TV's Mahram Durani.

The condolence meet was jointly organised by South Asian Women in Media and Foreign Correspondents' Club here. (ANI)