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Gunmen storm Kabul TV station in ongoing attack

The incident started in the last hour.

Afghan security personnel take a position near the Shamshad Television after an attack in Kabul.
Afghan security personnel take a position near the Shamshad Television after an attack in Kabul.
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GUNMEN HAVE STORMED a television station in Kabul this morning and many staff are still in the building, an employee told AFP, describing the attack as ongoing.

“I saw three attackers on security cameras entering the TV station building. They first shot the guard and then entered the building. They started throwing grenades and firing,” said Shamshad TV reporter Faisal Zaland, who escaped through a back door.

Shamshad TV, a Pashto language station that broadcasts nationwide, was transmitting a holding image instead of its normal programming.

Zaland told AFP that security forces were in the area of the Shamshad compound in the Afghan capital “trying to bring down the attackers”.

“Many of my colleagues are still in the building,” he added.

A number of reporters in Afghanistan are reporting that the attack is ongoing.

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