A Taliban suicide bomb blast struck a crew affiliated with Afghanistan’s largest media group Wednesday, killing at least seven people and raising fears of further militant violence against one of the country’s most prominent news outlets, according to the Washington Post.
Taliban insurgents claimed responsibility for the attack, the deadliest against media in Afghanistan in recent years. Last year, the Taliban declared one of the media group’s flagship stations, Tolo News, a legitimate target and accused it of promoting immorality and foreign culture.
In recent years, the station has regularly run anti-militant ads funded by the U.S. military and NATO-led forces.
Kabul Police Chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi said the bomber detonated a powerful blast near a minivan carrying nearly 30 staff members of Kaboora Production, a unit of the Moby Group, which also includes Tolo.