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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.

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.

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.”

'No More Hope': Kabul Carnage Lays Bare Plight Of Afghan Journalism

A wounded man is carried away from the site of a deadly twin bomb attack in Kabul, which killed at least 25 people on April 30.
A wounded man is carried away from the site of a deadly twin bomb attack in Kabul, which killed at least 25 people on April 30.

Two years before his death, Shah Marai, the chief Kabul-based photographer for the French news agency Agence France-Presse, pondered the hopelessness that he said had descended on his native country of Afghanistan.

"The signs of war have all but disappeared," Marai wrote in the 2016 blog post. "But there is no more hope."

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U.S. Calls Killing Of Kabul Journalists Attack On 'Cornerstone Of Democracy'

RFE/RL Journalist Sabawoon Kakar Laid To Rest In Kabul
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The United States has decried the killing of journalists in a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan and accused the militants of trying to undermine the country's upcoming elections by attacking the "cornerstone of democracy."

"We strongly condemn yesterday's suicide bombing in Kabul," White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters on May 1.

"Afghanistan's press corps is a powerful illustration of how that country has transformed," Sanders said. "There is absolutely no justification for such a senseless and heinous act."

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Slain Afghan Journalists Praised For Courage On World Press Freedom Day

Mourners pray and light candles to pay tribute to Afghan journalists killed in a April 30 suicide attack in Kabul.
Mourners pray and light candles to pay tribute to Afghan journalists killed in a April 30 suicide attack in Kabul.

Omar Waraich, Amnesty International's deputy director for South Asia, said on May 3 that Afghanistan’s journalists are "among the bravest in the world."

"Working in some of the most difficult conditions, they have faced threats, intimidation, and violence for simply doing their jobs," Waraich said.

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