“This terrorist attack is a war crime and an organized attack on the Afghan media,” declared the Afghanistan Federation of Journalists (AFJ).
Anthony Bellanger, head of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), also denounced the attack, calling it “a terrible day for journalists all over the world.”
“The journalists were on duty to report about the earlier attack, simply informing the public. The IFJ strongly condemns the killing and demands urgent action from the government to ensure justice for the slain journalists. This act of terrorism targeting journalists also shows that Afghanistan, despite being the world’s most dangerous country for journalists for many years, has not done enough to ensure the safety of journalists,” he said.
Tadamichi Yamamoto, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA, similarly said he was “outraged by the attack which appears to have deliberately targeted journalists; this attack, coming just ahead of World Press Freedom Day, is a direct assault on freedom of expression.”
Also on Monday, BBC reporter Ahmad Shah was killed in a separate attack in the eastern Afghan province of Khost.
In addition, a car bomb targeting a foreign military convoy in the southern province of Kandahar exploded Monday, killing at least 11 children who stood outside a religious school nearby.
The day’s deadly events come just a week after the Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing on a voter center in Kabul that killed at least 57 people.
Writing on AFP’s Correspondent blog in 2016, Marai described the little hope he had for his country.
“Fifteen years after the American intervention, the Afghans find themselves without money, without work, just with the Taliban at their doorstep,” he wrote.
Despite stocked stores and new buildings, “there is no more hope. Life seems to be even more difficult than under the Taliban because of the insecurity.” He added: “I have never felt life to have so little prospects and I don’t see a way out. It’s a time of anxiety.”
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