At least 25 people, including nine journalists, were killed in two suicide bomb attacks in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul on Monday morning, officials said. Wahid Majroh, a spokesman for the public health ministry, said that 45 other people were injured in the attack. According to PTI, the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the blasts.
Hashmat Stanekzai, a spokesman for the Kabul Police chief, said that the first bomber was on a motorbike and the second suicide bomber was on foot. The second attacker was among reporters who had gathered at the scene to cover the first suicide bomb attack, added Stanekzai. He added that the second attacker then detonated his explosives while still among the reporters.
The head of Afghanistan’s Behsud district’s crime investigation department was killed in the explosion while the deputy district governor was wounded, local officials confirmed.
Agence France-Presse (AFP) chief photographer Shah Marai was also among the dead. AFP says Marai died in a blast that was targeting a group of journalists who had rushed to the scene of a suicide attack in Kabul. (Reuters)