Afghanistan

Three suicide bombings rock Afghanistan, 8 journalists among 40 people killed

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The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for the Kabul bombings where French news agency AFP’s chief photographer Shah Marai was among the journalists killed. Another bombing occurred about 20 minutes later when an attacker, posing as a cameraman, detonated explosives as journalists gathered at the site of the first blast.

Kabul/Kandahar: At least 29 people, including eight journalists, were killed as two suicide bombers exploded themselves in quick succession in the Afghan capital on Monday. Hours later, another suicide attack killed 11 madrassa students in Kandahar province. The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for the Kabul bombings where French news agency AFP’s chief photographer Shah Marai was among the journalists killed. There was no claim of responsibility for the Kandahar bloodbath.

A militant on a motorbike carried out the first explosion at 8 a.m. in Kabul’s Shashdarak area in Police District 9 which houses the offices of Afghanistan’s intelligence service, Defence Ministry, NATO and many embassies, prompting journalists to rush to the scene.


Another bombing occurred about 20 minutes later when an attacker, posing as a cameraman, detonated explosives as journalists gathered at the site of the first blast. Eight media persons, including a woman, died in the second blast.

The Islamic State claimed the twin blasts through its news agency Amaq and said the intelligence services headquarters was the target.

AFP said the death of its “treasured colleague” Shah Marai, who had written of the dangers of reporting in the Afghan capital, was “a devastating blow”.

Tolo News cameraman Yar Mohammad Tokhi and Afghanistan’s 1TV reporter Ghazi Rasooli, as well as cameraman Nowroz Ali Rajabi, were among the victims. Four police officers were also killed, Tolo News reported.

Forty-nine people were injured and taken to hospitals, the Interior Ministry said.

Hours later, 11 students of a madrassa were killed and 17 people, including five Romanian soldiers, were injured in a suicide attack aimed at a NATO convoy in Kandahar province.

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