One of TOLOnews’s dedicated and hardworking cameramen, Yar Mohammad Tokhi, was killed in Monday’s explosion in Kabul – along with eight other journalists.
Tokhi had been covering an earlier explosion when a suicide bomber, thought to have been posing as a journalist, detonated his explosives while standing among reporters.
The first explosion happened close to a National Directorate of Security (NDS) office in Kabul at about 8am. The second explosion happened about half an hour later.
Tokhi, 54, had worked for TOLO TV and TOLOnews for 12 years.
He has left behind his ailing mother and his unmarried sister who has cancer.
The family lived in a rented house in Darul Aman are in Kabul.
Tokhi was the only breadwinner in his family and according to his relatives, he spent a large part of his salary every month on medication and doctor’s bills for both his mother and his sister.
His relatives said that at times he had to borrow money to pay medical bills and was recently forced to sell his bicycle in order to pay for treatment for his mother.
Tokhi was engaged and due to marry in less than a month.
His relatives said Tokhi and his fiancé had been to look at a wedding hall on Sunday that they were hoping to book.
However, all their dreams ended on Monday when Tokhi was laid to rest after being killed in the explosion.
Officials have said about 30 people were killed, including nine journalists, in the deadly attack. Dozens of others were injured.