October 26, 2016

Afghan reporters among 53 killed in deadly traffic incident

By Sajad - Sat Sep 15 2012, 9:24 pm

A number of Afghan reporters were killed following a traffic incident on Ghazni-Kandahar highway on Friday.

Abdul Sami Ghairatmal a representative of the NAI, an organization supporting free media in Afghanistan said 5 Afghan reporters who were working in southern Kandahr province were killed during the incident.

Mr. Ghairatmal further added the 5 Afghan journalists were completely burnt after a civilian bus struck with an oil tanker in Ab-Band district which killed at least 53 afghan civilians and injured 5 others.

This was one of the deadliest traffic incident in Afghanistan during the past 10 years.

Local officials said the incident took place after the civilian bus lost its control and struck with the oil tanker killing 53 Afghan civilians including women and children.

The main reasons behind growing traffic incidents on Ghazni-Kandahar highway are lack of traffic signs, poor road conditions due which are caused due to roadside bomb explosions and reckless driving.

In the meantime representative of the NAI Supporting Fee Media in Afghanistan said the reporters who were killed following the incident had visited capital Kabul to attend a training workshop.

Abdul Sami Ghairatmal said Afghan reporters in eastern Afghanistan are due to protest against the Afghan transportation ministry due to lack of control and traffic signs on Ghazni-Kandahar highway which normally leads to deadly traffic incidents.

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