Interior, Defense Ministries Denounce Attack On TOLO TV Employees

The ministries of defense and interior on Thursday strongly denounced the deadly attack on TOLO TV employees and said it was a violent act against humanity.

The acting defense minister, Mohammad Masoom Stanekzai, on Thursday morning paid a visit to Emergency Hospital in Kabul in order to inquire after the health of those injured in the suicide blast.

Stanekzai strongly condemned the attack and said that attacks on innocent civilians indicate the Taliban’s weakness.

He said the Afghan security forces will leave no stone unturned to ensure the safety of media organizations and their staffers.

“The Afghan security forces will exert their utmost efforts to ensure the safety of media organizations and their employees,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Interior Ministry said the attack on TOLO TV staffers is a war crime.

The Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said primary investigations reveal that a large amount of flammable and explosive substances were used in the suicide blast to increase the casualties.

“The attack [on TOLO TV employees] shows that the Taliban has no respect to humanity. They [Taliban] want to quiet the voice of the freedom of expression in the country,” he added.

“The interior minister [Noorulhaq Olomi] has assigned all relevant departments to ensure the safety of the citizens. New plans are in place to prevent such incidents,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Council for Protection and Stability of Afghanistan in an extraordinary session termed the attack on TOLO TV employees an act of brutality.

A spokesman for the council, Massoud Treshtwal, said the attack was against the freedom of expression in the country.

He prodded the government to ensure the safety of employees of media organizations in Afghanistan.

A number of residents from Kabul city meanwhile expressed their deep concerns over the recent increase in terror attacks in the country.

They called on government to take all necessary measures to ensure the safety of civilians.

“I call on government to bring security. I urge the government leaders to resign if they are not able to ensure the safety of Afghans,” said Mohammad Shah, a resident of Kabul.

Another resident of Kabul Mohammad Osman said the Afghan government always vows to maintain law and order in the country, but it has failed.

“I have no idea that when will violation and destruction end in the country,” he added.

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