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Blog: Remembering Our Afghan Colleagues

Senior Afghan officials, Kabul-based local and international media outlets, embassy representatives, and human rights organizations, and agencies are offering their condolences and solidarity alongside RFE/RL colleagues and the public with Radio Azadi.


CZECH REPUBLIC -- Memorial service held at RFE/RL's headquarters in Prague, Czech Republic, in honor of our Kabul bureau colleagues Sabawoon Kakar, Abadullah Hananzai, and trainee Maharram Durrani, who were tragically killed on Monday, April 30, 2018.

Summary

The coordinated suicide bomb attacks in Kabul, Afghanistan on April 30, for which the militant group Islamic State has claimed responsibility, took the lives of Sabawoon Kakar, Abadullah Hananzai, and Maharram Durrani, three members of RFE/RL’s Afghan Service, known locally as Radio Azadi.

The attacks, which targeted journalists, were “an unfathomable crime,” said RFE/RL President Thomas Kent. “Our colleagues will be mourned and deeply missed,” said Kent. “They had families and dreams, and embodied courage and hope for their country.”

BBG Honors Fallen Radio Azadi Colleagues

The plaques honoring fallen Radio Azadi journalists Sabawoon Kakar, Abadullah Hananzai, and trainee Muharram Durrani were dedicated at the BBG Journalists Memorial at the BBG headquarters in Washington, DC, on June 6, 2018.

BBG Honors Fallen Radio Azadi Colleagues
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Messages Of Condolence And Solidarity For RFE/RL’s Afghan Service

Afghanistan - Journalists of Ghour province condemn the recent bloody attack of Kabul which killed 29 and injured 49 others on 1 May 2018.
Afghanistan - Journalists of Ghour province condemn the recent bloody attack of Kabul which killed 29 and injured 49 others on 1 May 2018.

Thousands of messages of support continue to pour in to the Afghan Service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) following the loss of three colleagues in the coordinated suicide bomb attacks that ravaged Kabul, Afghanistan on April 30. The militant group Islamic State has claimed responsibility.

In the weeks that followed the attacks, numerous senior Afghan officials visited RFE/RL’s Kabul bureau to pay tribute to the slain journalists and express solidarity with the Radio Azadi team, as the service is known locally. Visits were made by Defense Minister General Tariq Shah Bahrami, Minister for Interior Affairs Wais Ahmad Barmak, Minister for Information and Culture Dawar Rasooli, Minister for Telecommunication Khoshal Aryubi, Adviser for Social Affairs Khyal Mohammad Hussaini, and Presidential Spokesperson Shah Hussain Murtazavi.

Journalists and representatives of several local and international media outlets, including BBC, AFP, Ariana News, 1TV, and The New York Times, among others, also visited the bureau to pay their respects.

Messages of condolence have been shared on Twitter in solidarity with RFE/RL’s Afghan Service.
Messages of condolence have been shared on Twitter in solidarity with RFE/RL’s Afghan Service.

Meanwhile, Radio Azadi has received messages of condolence by telephone from the US embassy in Kabul, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), the Lower House of the Afghan National Assembly, the Embassy of Canada, Kabul’s Police Chief, and the Chief of Police of Kunar Province.

Radio Azadi Bureau Chief Hamid Mohmand says he has received email messages from the United Nations Development Progam (UNDP), NATO forces, the Human Right Commission of Afghanistan, the British Embassy in Kabul, and Peshgam TV.

Messages of sympathy and support have also poured in on social media from the general public. One person shared on Twitter, “Another heartbreak. My eyes ran out of tears for the talent we lost.

Messages of support continue to pour in to RFE/RL’s Afghan Service, following the loss of three of their colleagues in the coordinated suicide bomb attacks in Kabul, Afghanistan on April 30, for which the militant group Islamic State has claimed responsibility.

Below are messages that were shared on Twitter in the aftermath of the tragic news.

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