Local officials in Helmand said an Afghan journalist from a private media outlet was killed in a r
Afghan Journalist Killed In Helmand Blast
Local officials in Helmand said an Afghan journalist from a private media outlet was killed in a roadside bomb blast in the provincial capital, Lashkargah City on Friday.
According to officials, Nematullah Zaheer was working for Ariana News in Helmand.
A driver from a private media outlet was wounded in the explosion, officials added.
TOLOnews reporters in Helmand said the journalist was covering a military operation along with other reporters when their vehicle hit a roadside mine in Soorguzar area in the city.
Zaheer had worked as a journalist since 2001 and had been with Ariana News in southern Helmand province for about eight years.
Just minutes before his death, Zaheer made a recording saying: "We are going to Soorguzar area of Lashkargah city to see what is going on."
He is originally from Wardak and will be buried in his home province.
"The area was not cleared of mines. Only the road was cleared. When he was parking his vehicle next to the road, it hit a mine," said Zainullah Stanikzai, head of the Helmand Journalists Association.
Zaheer's family said he loved journalism and had wanted to be a reporter from a young age.
"He was really interested in journalism and wanted to do his work professionally," said Abdul Halim, Zaheer's brother.
Officials have condemned the attack.
"I want government to protect civilians and not let them be confronted with threats," said Hyatullah Dawary, head of National Radio and TV Channel in Helmand.
"My condolences to Zaheer's family. I want the security departments to protect journalists," said CEO Abdullah Abdullah.
Zaheer was 37 years old and is survived by three sons and a daughter.