Footage recovered from the camera that belonged to TOLOnews cameraman Yar Mohammad Tokhi, who lost his life in Monday’s deadly explosion in Kabul, shows his camera had been rolling through the explosion.
Tokhi was one of nine journalists killed in a deadly explosion in Shash Darak in Kabul on Monday morning after having rushed to the scene of an earlier explosion.
The badly damaged camera and other equipment returned to TOLOnews on Wednesday was testimony to the force of the blast.
“The equipment that belonged to ‘Shaheed’ Tokhi, a camera, light, his memory card and all his other belongings were badly damaged. Shrapnel was what damaged the equipment,” said Hamid Rahimi, Tokhi’s colleague.
On the memory card however, was Tokhi’s final work – shot in the lead up to the explosion.
One scene shows his last recorded interview – with a witness of the first blast.
“I have a cart… People dispersed after the sound of a boom,” said Humayun, a local vendor, who was interviewed by Tokhi shortly before he was killed.
After the second explosion, all that is on the memory card is the sound of voices.
Omar Subhani, a Reuters photographer in Kabul, who survived the incident sustained slight injuries. He witnessed the immediate aftermath of the explosion – which had targeted him and his fellow media colleagues.
“My friends who were standing to my left and right and all those who were in the area had fallen to the ground and I realized quickly that all had lost their lives,” Subhani said.
Monday’s blast was the deadliest attack against journalists since 2001.