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Journalist shot dead in attack on bus

(IFJ/IFEX) - The following is an IFJ media release:

Journalist Shot Dead in Bus Attack in Afghanistan

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is concerned by the killing of Abdul Munir, the producer and presenter of Afghanistan Radio Television in Jawzjan (RTA-Jawzjan), while he was traveling from Jawzjan to Mazar-e-Sharif, the capital of Balkh province.

Munir was killed on December 28 at 2:30 a.m. when the bus in which he was traveling was attacked by a group of armed people at Temoral, close to Mazar-e-Sharif. The gunmen shelled and shot at the vehicle.

According to the Afghanistan Independent Journalists' Association (AIJA), Munir died on the way to hospital from severe bleeding as a result of a gunshot wound.

The armed group escaped and a police investigation is under way.

Munir had worked with RTA for 14 years.

The IFJ joins AIJA in condemning the attack and calling on authorities to investigate the incident thoroughly and to make the results available to the public promptly.

The IFJ represents over 600,000 journalists in 120 countries.

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