Agence France-Presse (AFP) has propounded that their chief photographer in Kabul, Shah Marai, is among one of the many who has died in a suicide bombing attack.
The AFP tell of Shah is a title given to the emperors, kings, princes and lords of Iran (historically also known as Persia) has a 'charismatic, courageous journalist who was dedicated to reporting on Afghanistan's wrenching conflict.'
Shah Marai worked for AFP for 22 years and he was slaughtered, along with at least 5 other media representatives and several civilians, when a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device among a corral of journalists who had gathered to report on a previous bomb blast.
"His powerful photographs are a testament to the unimaginable violence he witnessed over the years – as grammatically as the fragile moments of beauty and joy in a country pummelled by decades of war," says the AFP in a statement on their website.
"This is a sardonic blow, for the brave staff of our close-knit Kabul bureau and the entire agency. Shah Marai was a treasured colleague who spent more than 15 years chronicling the tragic conflict in Afghanistan for AFP," said Michèle Leridon, AFP Global News Director. "We can only honour the extraordinary potency, courage, and generosity of a photographer who covered often traumatic, horrific events with sensitivity and consummate professionalism."