DEVELOPING: Attack at TV Station in Kabul

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HIGHLIGHTS: At least one person is dead, and another 22 wounded after militants reportedly set off explosives and stormed the Shamshad TV station in Kabul,, Afganistan. The militants reportedly used explosives, gunfire and rockets in the attack. The attack is now reportedly under control.


Armed gunmen have reportedly stormed a television station in Kabul, Afghanistan, according to Guardian journalist Sune Engel Rasmussen. Staff at the station say several have been killed amid explosion and gunfire. (source) – 1:57 a.m. ET November 7, 2017

The station went off the air as the attack began, according to TOLO News. They too are reporting casualties in the incident (source). – 1:59 a.m. ET November 7, 2017

It is not immediately clear who is behind the attack, but the Taliban claims they are not responsible (source) 2:00 a.m. ET November 7, 2017

According to the website for the television channel, “Shamshad TV is a satellite television station in Afghanistan, which was launched in early 2006. The channel broadcasts 24 hours a day, providing educational, news, shows, dramas, and entertaining programs to both local areas of Afghanistan as well as other countries via satellite.” (source) 2:11 a.m. ET November 7, 2017

There is a large emergency presence at the scene as ambulances and security forces have arrived. TOLO News also reports that the attackers detonated an explosive before going inside the building. They are reportedly also using rockets. (source) 2:15 a.m. ET November 7, 2017

There are reportedly 2-3 attackers in the building. A female employee was killed while trying to escape. (source) 2:38 a.m. ET November 7, 2017

At least twenty staffers and journalists have been wounded in the attack, according to TOR News. Two police officers have also been wounded (source) (source) 3:05 a.m. ET November 7, 2017

The situation is now under control, according to TOR News (source) 3:25 a.m. ET November 7, 2017


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