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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.”

Kabul Blast Hits Journalists

A double suicide bombing in the Afghan capital, Kabul, has killed at least 25 people, including a number of journalists and police. RFE/RL journalists Abadullah Hananzia and Sabawoon Kakar were among the dead.

RFE/RL Journalists Among 25 Killed In Kabul Suicide Bombings

The aftermath of the bomb blasts in Kabul.
The aftermath of the bomb blasts in Kabul.

KABUL -- Two RFE/RL journalists were among at least 25 people killed in a pair of coordinated suicide bombings that rocked central Kabul near the headquarters of Afghanistan's intelligence agency.

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RFE/RL Journalists Among Dozens Dead In Kabul Bombings

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Two RFE/RL journalists were among at least 25 people killed in a double suicide bombing in the Afghan capital, Kabul on April 30.

Slain Young Journalists Saw RFE/RL As A Way To Make Afghanistan A Better Place

RFE/RL journalists Sabawoon Kakar (left) and Abadullah Hananzai (composite file photo)
RFE/RL journalists Sabawoon Kakar (left) and Abadullah Hananzai (composite file photo)

Radio Free Afghanistan journalist Abadullah Hananzai was furious on April 25 when he learned that a former colleague had been gunned down at a market in Kandahar in an apparent targeted killing.

"The murder of my former colleague at Kabul News, a great journalist named Abdul Manan Arghand, has greatly upset me," Hananzai wrote in Pashto on his Facebook page. "Arghand is now a martyr for freedom of speech."

It would be Hananzai's last public Facebook post.

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