Today, Saturday January 20, marks the second anniversary of the Taliban suicide car bombing that killed seven TOLO TV staff members and wounded 26 others, including passers-by.
Among those killed were three loyal and dedicated female employees.
The explosion happened on Darulaman Road when a suicide bomber rammed his car into a staff bus that had been taking the TOLO TV employees home.
This was the first major attack on a media organization since the ousting of the Taliban regime in 2001.
The employees who were killed were
1. Mohammad Jawad Hussaini:
Hussaini had worked as a video editor for MOBY Group – TOLO TV’s mother company – for seven years when killed.
2. Zainab Mirzaee:
Mirzaee had been a Dari dubbing artist.
3. Mehri Azizi:
Azizi had worked in the creative department for five years.
4. Mariam Ibrahimi:
Ibrahimi had been a dubbing artist with the company for only six months.
5. Mohammad Hussain:
Hussain had been a driver for six years.
6. Mohammad Ali Mohammadi:
Mohammadi was a Dari dubbing artist and had worked for the company for five years.
7. Hussain Amiri
Amiri had worked in the set department for eight years.
We also remember Aziz Navin, 22 who lost his life in a massive truck bombing in Kabul city on May 31, last year. Aziz, who worked in the IT department, had been on his way to work at the time of the incident.
The attack drew widespread and global condemnation and countries, activists and media organizations denounced the attack and said it had been an attack on freedom of speech.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
The seven employees are still sadly missed and live on in the memories and hearts of everyone at TOLO TV and MOBY Group.