The four RTA employees killed in Wednesday’s attack on the TV station were laid to rest on Thursday, amid calls from their families for justice.
Families Of RTA Victims Demand Justice After Deadly Attack
As the four employees of National Radio Television of Afghanistan (RTA), who were killed during a coordinated suicide attack by Daesh on Wednesday, were laid to rest in the eastern province of Nangarhar their families called for justice.
Ghani and Zainullah Mullahkhail were among those killed in the attack. They had worked for RTA for many years and were both the breadwinners in their families.
Ghani, 44, who has left behind two children was a compound guard.
“Who will take care of them, I am quite old now, said Ghani’s father Zahir, referring to Ghani’s children.
“He has two children, we are very poor,” said Ghani’s mother Diljan.
Mullahkhail was another RTA employee killed in Wednesday’s attack. He had worked for RTA in Nangarhar for 30 years and was a marketing officer. He is survived by six children.
“We have nothing to survive on, the government should take care of us,” said Mullahkhail’s son Jaffar.
Abdul Latif Amiri, 62, worked in the finance department and Mohammad Amir Shinwari, 60, was the administrative director of the TV station. They were both killed in the attack.
“One of the wounded employees has been sent to Kabul, we will do all we can to complete their treatment,” said Shir Shah Hamdard, head of Nangarhar’s information and culture department.
In addition to the four RTA employees killed, two security force members also lost their lives in the attack. Another 18 were wounded.
Daesh launched their coordinated attack against the TV station on Wednesday morning after a suicide bomber blew himself up at the gate. A fierce gunfight carried on for almost four hours, until four of the five attackers had been killed. The fifth was reportedly arrested.