A television reporter was killed in an explosion triggered by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan.
According to the local security officials, the incident took place earlier today in Lashkargah city, the provincial capital of Helmand province. The officials further added that the reporter was killed after his vehicle struck the IED in the area where intense fighting erupted last night.
The Ariana Television confirmed that one of its reporter, Nematullah Zaheer, was killed in the line of duty, confirming that the reporter was killed in a roadside bomb explosion:
“We lost a brave reporter, Nematullah Zaheer, in the line of duty. Zaheer was targeted by a roadside bomb in Helmand.”
The Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah condemned the killing of Zaheer, saying the death of Zahir is a major loss for the southern provinces of the country.The anti-government armed militant groups have not commented regarding the incident so far.
The Taliban insurgents and militants belonging to other insurgent groups frequently use Improvised Explosive Device (EID) as the weapon of their choice to target the security forces but in the majority of such attacks, the ordinary civilians are targeted.