5 journalists perish in Ghazni collision

Kandahar, September 15, 2012

Five local journalists who were travelling to Kandahar on the completion of a training course in Kabul killed in a road tragedy in southern Ghazni.

The incident happened on Friday in the Spin Band area of Ab Band district of Ghazni province, which straddles the main highway from Kabul to Kandahar, the capital of the south.

At around 6:30 am a passenger bus collided with a fuel tanker and as a result, the fuel tanker and the passenger bus caught fire and 53 people including the five journalists were killed and five others were wounded in the collision.

It was not immediately clear to whom the fuel tanker belonged.

Working for local private radio and TV stations, and a trainer for NAI supporting open media in Afghanistan, head of Kandahar Press Club Dawa Khan Minapal told AFJC.

NAI regional manager, Abdul Sattar Hamdard, Radio Woranga reporter and producer, Saiyed Agha Watanyar, Hiwad TV cameraman, Wahidullah Anwari, Sanga Radio reporter Setara Haya, Mirman Radio producer Wasila Nazari, her mother and sister were among the victims.

In the meantime representative of the NAI Supporting Open Media in Afghanistan said the journalists had visited Kabul to attend a 3 days training workshop organized by the organization.