16 Journalists injured in Mazar-i-Sharif

Blast at cultural centre in Mazar-i-Sharif injures 16 Journalists, says AFJC

Afghanistan Journalists Center (AFJC) has reported that 16 journalists have been injured in Saturday’s explosion at the Tebyan Cultural Centre in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif.

AFJC has released a list containing the names of the wounded journalists working for private and foreign state-backed outlets including Azadi Radio and Radio Dari from Iran.

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The Iran-based Shiite cleric and head of Tebyan condemned the explosion, as a terrorist attack, which occurred during a gathering to honour local journalists. 

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemned the “despicable attack on journalists” and praised the courage of Afghanistan journalists and that they must be protected.

 The attack on Tebyan in Mazar-i-Sharif is not the first time the organisation has been targeted. In 2017, an attack on a Tebyan gathering in Kabul killed at least 40 people and was claimed by the Islamic State.