BBC Afghan driver killed, journalists injured

BBC Afghan driver killed, journalists injured

The bomb blast in Kabul killed at least 90 people, including BBC driver, Mohammed Nazir, with four journalists among those injured
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Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani described the bomb attack in Kabul as "cowardly" (AFP)

A driver working for the BBC was killed in a bomb blast in Kabul on Wednesday, which also left four of the broadcaster’s journalists injured.

The bomb was detonated in the Green Zone of Kabul, and killed at least 90 people, injuring hundreds of others.

The BBC World Service director, Francesca Unsworth released a statement saying: “It is with great sadness that the BBC can confirm the death of BBC Afghan driver Mohammed Nazir following the vehicle bomb in Kabul earlier today, as he was driving journalist colleagues to the office.”

“Mohammed Nazir worked as a driver for the BBC Afghan service for more than four years and was a popular colleague.  He was in his late thirties and he leaves a young family.”

“This is a devastating loss to the BBC and to Mohammed Nazir's friends and family. We are doing all we can to support them and the rest of the team in Kabul,” it added.

“Four BBC journalists were also injured and were treated in hospital.  Their injuries are not thought to be life threatening,” the statement said.

BBC director general, Tony Hall said: “Many of our staff face dangerous situations every day as they report from volatile areas around the world.

“It’s testament to their bravery that we are able to provide trusted, impartial coverage – but consequences like this are devastating for us all,” he noted, adding “our thought and prayers are with Mohammed’s family and many friends at such a very sad time.”

Waheed Massoud from the BBC Afghan service added: “I knew Nazir for years and I worked with him most days of the week.  BBC journalists, support staff and visitors remember him as an honest and reliable person.”

 

 

Source: AFP, BBC

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