CNN literally came under fire on Thursday as the news net’s workspace in Kandahar, Afghanistan, was hit with debris after U.S. forces apparently blew up a moving vehicle nearby.
In addition to a couple of CNN staffers, several Al-Jazeera employees were working in the workspace. No one was injured.
One Pentagon official said in times of war, a target is a target, and journalists must understand this.
Following heavy U.S. bombing of the Taliban stronghold of Kandahar, everyone in the office had sought safety in a nearby ditch. Apparently, a moving vehicle exploded nearby. The windows, doors and one wall of the CNN workspace blew out.
CNN declined to comment on how many employees worked in the office, which had previously been occupied by CNN correspondent Nic Robertson, until he was forced out of Taliban-controlled territory earlier this month.
Now in Pakistan, Robertson reported on the attack for CNN, saying his colleagues felt the ground shake beneath them.
The employees’ identities have been kept confidential for their safety, but CNN said none of them are Westerners.
It remains unclear if the staffers will be able to continue to work out of the office.
(Pamela McClintock in Washington, D.C., contributed to this report.)