Samim Faramarz

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Samim Faramarz, a TV reporter for TOLO News, was killed in a double bombing attack on September 5, 2018, in Kabul, Afghanistan, that also killed TOLO News cameraman Ramiz Ahmadi, TOLO News reported.

Faramarz was reporting live at the scene of the first bombing, a suicide attack against a wrestling gym. He died after a car bomb was detonated at the scene. At least 20 people were killed in the attacks, which wounded over 70, according to news reports.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, according to Reuters.

Faramarz, 28, had worked for TOLO News for three years and had frequently covered war-related stories, according to his employer.

He died mid-broadcast, with his last words: “The area is completely terrorized. I can smell blood here, and as you can see in the pictures …,” according to an account in The New York Times.

Faramarz had grappled with the nearness of death around him. In 2017, he wrote after a suicide bombing in a mosque: “Has anyone asked who are the luckier ones: those who die in terrorist attacks and leave this world, or those who are left living to see this oppression with their own eyes?”