Bomb tears through Pajhwok bureau office
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): A magnetic bomb attached to Pajhwok Afghan News bureau office’s entrance gate went off in the capital of eastern Nangarhar province on Wednesday night, destroying the office equipment.
The blast that took place at about 8pm damaged tables, chairs, computers, video cameras and other equipment in the office situated in the Ghalji Plaza in Jalalabad, Pajhwok cameraman, Babrak Amirzada, said.
Pajhwok correspondent in Nangarhar, Zeerak Fahim, said two guests of a reporter with the Voice of America Radio station situated next to the Pajhwok bureau were wounded in the blast.
Another two persons, who owned a garments shop in the plaza, were also wounded, Fahim said.
The plaza secretary, Noor Gul Khogyani, said the watchman could not search everyone entering the plaza because a large number of people daily visited the building.
The governor’s spokesman, Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, confirmed the blast that he said injured one person.
Pajhwok Afghan News editor-in-chief Danish Karokhel said his organisation had no connections with a particular party to the conflict and impartially performed its journalistic duty.
Danish urged all parties to the conflict not to create hurdles for or target independent media outlets working to inform people about realities.
He said the warring parties should respect the freedom of expression and let media organisation do their job of highlighting people’s problems.
Danish Karokhel urged the government to pay increased attention to the security of media offices and journalists in provinces. “We are committed to serving the masses and such threats would not deter our resolve.”
The blast in front of Pajhwok bureau takes place the day the death anniversary of its slain reporter Abdul Samad Rohani was observed in southern Helmand province. Rohani was abducted on June 7, 2008 and was found murdered the following day.
Pajhwok has lost its two other reporters to the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan.
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