Afghan journalist dies of wounds from blast at president's campaign office

Afghan journalist dies of wounds from blast at president
# 25 September 2019 12:31 (UTC +04:00)

An Afghan journalist died in hospital on Wednesday of wounds suffered from the bombing of President Ashraf Ghani’s election campaign office in the southern city of Kandahar, a television station official said, APA reports citing Reuters.

Abdul Hamid Hotaki is the first journalist killed in attacks during the run-up to Saturday’s presidential election, Afghanistan’s fourth since U.S.-led forces in 2001 toppled the Islamist Taliban regime, which has vowed to disrupt the vote.

“Our reporter...was injured in the explosion at the Ghani campaign office on Tuesday and he passed (away) due to severe injuries,” said Sediqullah Khaliq, director of the Hewad television station, where Hotaki worked.

Hotaki had been at a neighboring hospital when he was caught in the blast. Three other people, including a child, were killed and seven injured, a spokesman for the Kandahar city police said.

No group has claimed responsibility for the bombing.

An interior ministry spokesman blamed the attack on the Taliban, which bombed a Ghani campaign rally last week in the central city of Charikar, killing 26.

The Ghani campaign was not immediately available for comment.