April 30 marks sixth anniversary of Kabul attack that killed nine journalists

KABUL, Afghanistan — April 30 marks the sixth anniversary of a suicide attack in Kabul’s Shash Darak area that killed nine journalists and media workers, among others.

On this day in 2018, journalists gathered to cover an initial attack were killed in a secondary blast that claimed the lives of at least 30 people, including nine media personnel.

The deceased included Yar Mohammad Tokhi, a cameraman for TOLOnews; Shah Marai Faizi, a cameraman for Agence France-Presse; Fereshta Moradi, a reporter for Radio Free Europe; Ebadullah Hananzai, also a reporter for Radio Free Europe; Sabawoon Kakar, another Radio Free Europe journalist; Ghazi Rasooli, a reporter for 1TV; Noroz Ali Rajabi, a 1TV cameraman; Mohammad Salim Talash, a reporter for Mashal TV; and Ali Salimi, a cameraman for Mashal TV.

Additionally, on the same day, Ahmad Shah, a local BBC journalist, was killed in an armed attack in Khost province in eastern Afghanistan.

Ahmad Shah, a BBC journalist, killed in 2018.

The year 2018 was one of the deadliest years for journalists in Afghanistan, with 20 media workers losing their lives in various attacks.