Kabul: TV crew killed by car bomb

Kabul: TV crew killed by car bomb
By Euronews with Reuters
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The Taliban has described Tolo TV station as a "military target"

  • At least six die in Kabul car bombing
  • Attack targeted TV station vehicle
  • Tolo TV a “legitimate target” – Taliban

The news

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There has been a car bomb attack in the centre of Kabul.

At least six people, thought to be employees of local TV news station, Tolo, have been killed.

Unfortunately, in the terrorist attack today in Darulaman Road in Kabul, we lost 7 staff members.

— TOLO TV (@TOLO_TV) January 20, 2016

#AFGHANISTAN
Suicide Bombing Near #Russian Embassy In #Kabul Killed At Least 6 People – Report. pic.twitter.com/krlyV0UhY4

— Terrormonitor.org (@Terror_Monitor) January 20, 2016

4 killed in #Kabul, 24 injured after possible suicide bombing – Afghan MoI https://t.co/in9j30tn2o#KabulBlastpic.twitter.com/eBiUNtPz9t

— Sputnik (@SputnikInt) January 20, 2016

At least 24 people, including women and children, were wounded in the bombing on Darulaman Road, which happened at the height of the evening rush hour.

KBL suicide attack update; four civilians are among dead and 20 more civilians wounded in today's terrorist attack.

— Sediq Sediqqi (@moispokesman) January 20, 2016

“Police are working to identify the victims of today’s attack, but there was no military convoy in the area, they were all civilians”
said Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi.

There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the attack.

However, the Taliban said last year that they considered Tolo TV a legitimate target.

Officials say it happened in the area of the national parliament, government ministries and the Russian embassy.

The Interfax news agency quotes a Russian foreign ministry source as saying it was not aimed at their embassy.

The context

Suicide bombing in Afghan capital kills four people https://t.co/bhV4kU9E62

— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) January 20, 2016

If confirmed, this is the latest in a series of bomb attacks in the Afghan capital.

There have been at least six in Kabul since the start of the New Year.

A rocket landed near the Italian embassy on Sunday, injuring two security guards.

4-way #Afghan peace talks resume in #Kabulhttps://t.co/RQv3YAZDSC via YouTube</a></p>&mdash; Jesse Stark (StopNuclearWar) January 18, 2016

The government is trying to revive a peace process with Taliban insurgents that broke down in July.

Envoys from Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the US have met in Kabul this week.

They urged the Taliban to join peace talks with the aim of bringing a negotiated end to 15 years of war.

What they are saying

Awful news. Tolo is a beacon of media freedom in Afghanistan, labelled a military target by Taliban https://t.co/BqUzrXwAuI

— Katherine Haddon (@khaddon) January 20, 2016

Another day, another blast in Kabul. Such an insult to the so-called peace talks. #Afghanistan

— Shuja Rabbani (@ShujaRabbani) January 20, 2016

Suicide bomber kills four near #Russian embassy in Kabul amid international peace talks https://t.co/tW121X6vIx via sharethis</a></p>&mdash; Salih Mohammad Salih (iamsalih) January 20, 2016

Terrible news from #Kabul and #Charsada. More peace talks means brutal more attacks, either stop talks, or finish them once and for all.

— Atta Nasib (@NasibAtta) January 20, 2016

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