Afghan TV Station Back on Air Moments After Deadly Attack

'They cannot silence us,' news director says
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 7, 2017 7:04 AM CST
A mother tries to call her daughter inside the Shamshad TV building after a deadly attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017.   (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)
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(Newser) – A TV station in Kabul was hit by a deadly attack Tuesday but managed to get back on air just moments after Afghan security forces ended the raid. "The attack has ended. According to the commander of the special forces all the staff who were inside the building have been rescued," an injured anchorman told viewers, per the Guardian. Authorities say two grenade-throwing attackers, including a suicide bomber, killed two security guards in the raid on the Shamshad TV building, the BBC reports. Around 20 people were injured.

"This is an attack on freedom of media but they cannot silence us," Shamshad TV's news director said while visiting wounded colleagues. "I was in my office when gunmen wearing police uniforms attacked the building," he said. "They killed one of our guards and entered the building and started firing. Most of us were able to flee but some were wounded and some jumped out of the window." The AP reports that the Taliban denied responsibility, while an ISIS-linked news outlet said that group was behind the attack. (Read more Afghanistan stories.)

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