President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani says this was the act of coward terrorists
“Strongly condemn the barbaric attack on our brave media staff. My condolences are with their families. This’s the act of coward terrorists,” states a post on the official twitter account of the President.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah while condemning the attack has said that attack on innocent civilians have no justification in any law, faith, belief, religion and humanity.
“I strongly condemn the coward terrorist attack targeting personnel of Kaboora Production and @TOLOnews in Kabul this evening,” CEO Abdullah has written in a post on his official twitter account.
“I offer my deepest sympathies & condolences to @TOLOnews, families and friends of the martyrs in the terrorist incident.”
Former President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai has also condemned the attack and offered condolences to the families of the victims.
The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) while condemning the attack says the organization is gravely concerned by Wednesday’s attack on media workers.
The United States embassy in Kabul has also condemned the attack saying in a statement that murdering those who work to enlighten, educate, and entertain will not stop Afghans from exercising their universal human right to freedom of expression.
NATO which is leading a Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan while condemning the attack has said that free press is critical to Afghanistan’s future.
“By specifically targeting journalists, terrorists have proven once again they have no regard for Afghanistan’s people or future,” said Brig. Gen. Wilson Shoffner, Resolute Support deputy chief of staff for communications in a statement released to media. “A free press is critical to Afghanistan’s future, and we owe a debt of gratitude to the men and women who choose to become journalists in this critical time in Afghanistan’s history.”
The suicide bomber who was reportedly driving a vehicle laden with explosives targeted the mini-bus carrying employees of Kaboora Production which is a sister entity to TOLO TV, Lemar TV, Arman FM, Arakozia FM and TOLOnews on Dar-ul-Aman road near the Russian embassy in the evening time.
Six employees of the production lost lives and more than 20 others sustained injuries.