Radio station firebombed

AUGUST 11, 2006
Posted: August 25, 2006

Radio Istiqlal


Although the station in the province of Loghar south of Kabul did not receive any threats before the attack, police confirmed that a “night letter”—an anonymous warning posted on walls and distributed by hand—appeared in the town a few days before.

A translation supplied by Internews, the nongovernmental organization which had funded and helped build the station, condemned “decadence and corruption” in general.

Typical of many small recently launched FM radio stations spread across the country, Radio Istiqlal broadcast a mix of news and entertainment, often with programming targeting women.

As a security measure, station manager Lal Mohamad and his son were sleeping in the building, but neither was seriously injured.