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Afghan radio journalist killed by Taliban bomb

Wednesday 16 Nov 2011
Afghan radio journalist Jafar Vafa and his eight relatives were killed by a roadside bomb in the eastern province of Laghman on Saturday as they were returning home from Mr Vafa’s wedding two days earlier in Mehtar Lam, the provincial capital.


Aged 20, Mr Vafa worked for radio Kaleh Ghosh.

“We offer our condolences to Jafar Vafa’s family,” Reporters Without Borders Secretary-General Jean-François Julliard said, noting that Mr Vafa is the third journalist to have been killed by a roadside bomb since 2009. Four others have been seriously injured.

On 23 October 2010, New York Times photographer Joao Silva was badly injured by a mine in southern Afghanistan, and had to have both legs amputated above the knee.

British journalist Rupert Hamer, the London-based Sunday Mirror’s defence correspondent, was killed when the US military vehicle he was travelling in was hit by a roadside bomb in the southwestern province of Helmand on 9 January 2010. His colleague, photographer Philip Coburn, was seriously wounded in the blast.

Canadian journalist Michelle Lang of the Calgary Herald was killed in similar circumstances in the southern province of Kandahar just 10 days before Hamer.

A total of 16 Afghan journalists and 12 foreign journalists have been killed in Afghanistan since 11 September 2001.