Shamshad TV: Afghan channel hit in IS-claimed attack

KABUL, 7 November: Gunmen disguised as police officers have attacked a television station in the Afghan capital Kabul, with at least two people reported killed.

According to BBC, the attackers lobbed grenades before storming the Shamshad TV building.

Afghan security forces have ended the raid and the television station has resumed broadcasting.

So-called Islamic State (IS) said it had carried out the attack. Kabul has been targeted repeatedly in recent months by the Taliban and IS.

A security guard has been confirmed killed and 20 people are being treated in hospital.

The mother of a female journalist at the station told the BBC she had received no news of her daughter, hours after the attack.

Other Shamshad TV staff members escaped through a neighbouring building.

“This is an attack on freedom of media but they cannot silence us,” the station’s news director Abid Ehsas said.

 

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