Journalist Survived Shooting Attack in Afghanistan

Gunmen on motorbikes brandish small firearms and shoot a television journalist in his car in the Afghan capital, Kabul. The journalist was hurt.

Ali Reza Sharifi, journalist Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), survived Friday’s attack (29/10) night, deputy Taliban spokesman, Bilal Karimi, told Associated Press.

“We are investigating to find the culprit,” he said. No party has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

The attack came days after media monitoring organizations in Afghanistan reported more than 30 cases of violence and threats of violence against Afghan journalists in the past two months, with nearly 90% of attacks carried out by the Taliban.

Sharifi told AP that he was driving his car on his way home when two men on motorbikes opened fire on his car. “A bullet fired from the left side hit my lip,” he said, adding that “a shard of the car window hit my left eye.”

Photos of Sharifi’s car circulating on social media show at least two bullet holes in one of the car’s windows. “They started shooting from the front and I avoided them by moving to the back seat,” he said.

Since the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan in late August, three journalists have been killed in Afghanistan.

Separately, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in several tweets that unknown assailants opened fire at a wedding ceremony in a remote area in eastern Nangarhar province, killing three residents and wounding several others. Two men have been arrested, while a third man is still at large.

It was not immediately clear why they were targeting the wedding, but Mujahid said the perpetrators tried to stop the music at the wedding while chanting the name of the Taliban, even though they were not officially affiliated with the group. [rdft]

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