Terrified Afghan TV news host reads headlines while surrounded by armed Taliban thugs
- The 42-second clip shows anchor read headlines surrounded by armed militants
- Footage shows a total of eight men on the set of TV studios, all armed with assault rifles
- Reports suggest the group stormed the building and urged the anchor to argue with them
- Anchor reportedly urges people to ‘don’t be afraid’ and ‘work with the group’
This is the shocking moment when an Afghan TV news host reads the headlines while surrounded by armed Taliban thugs.
The clip was shared online by the TV studio after the militants stormed the building and demanded that the news anchor praise the Taliban.
BBC’s Yalda Hakim tweeted a video clip of the news story Sunday afternoon, writing: ‘Afghanistan TV – surreal.
‘This is what a political debate now looks like on Afghan TV, Taliban foot soldiers watch over the host.
This is the shocking moment as an Afghan TV news presenter reads the headlines while surrounded by armed Taliban thugs after they reportedly stormed a studio in Kabul on Sunday
“The presenter talks about the collapse of the Ghanaian government and says the Islamic emirate says the Afghan people need not fear #Afghanistan.”
In the 42-second clip, which has since been viewed more than 1 million times, the news anchor is surrounded by eight gunmen who appear to be guarding him as he reads.
They are reported to have stormed the building on Sunday and demanded the presenter to speak to them.
According to WIO News, the news anchor held a debate with the militants during the broadcast.
The news channel reports that the presenter spoke about the collapse of the government in Afghanistan and urged the Afghan people not to be afraid.
During the show, called Pardaz, the anchor also reportedly told people to work with the group.
The news anchor is surrounded by 8 gunmen who seem to be guarding him as he reads
Reports suggest the presenter is urging people not to fear the group and work together before allegedly interviewing members of the armed group (pictured) while in the air
The video was filmed when US forces said they had conducted a successful drone strike mission that prevented a second terrorist attack at Kabul airport.
Zaki Daryabi – the publisher of Etilaatroz and KabulNow – shared images from the newsroom, saying on Twitter: ‘This is what @Etilaatroz cannot accept.
“If so, we’ll stop working.”
Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad retweeted the video, writing: “This is surreal.
“Taliban militants pose behind this visibly petrified TV host with guns and make him tell people in #Afghanistan not to fear the Islamic emirate.
“Taliban itself is synonymous with fear in the minds of millions. This is just another proof.’
Hours before the clip was shared, US President Joe Biden had warned that an attack in Kabul could be imminent for the drone strike that destroyed explosives that the US said would be used for a second strike.
Last week, an ISIS-K suicide bomber detonated a device outside the airport, killing 13 US troops and killing at least 170.