Kabul hit by twin suicide blasts, several deaths reported

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Two explosions in Afghanistan’s capital have killed more than 20 people, including journalists, officials say. No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks, which took place near an Afghan spy service facility.

At least 21 people were killed and dozens injured in two suicide bombings in central Kabul on Monday morning, an Afghan health official said.

The blasts struck close to one another during rush hour in Shash Darak, an area that hosts a number of foreign embassies, as well as NATO’s headquarters and buildings belonging to the Afghan NDS intelligence agency.

Targeting rush hour

  • Police said an attacker on a motorcycle detonated the first bomb just before 8 a.m. local time (0400 UTC), killing at least four people.
  • The second blast followed moments later, and was reportedly set off by an assailant disguised as a journalist.
  • A security source said both were suicide blasts.
  • Agence France Presse chief photographer Shah Marai, as well as two journalists from 1TV and one from Tolo TV were among the dead.
  • No group has claimed responsibility for the bombings, although the Taliban and “Islamic State” have previously claimed dozens of attacks in the area.

nm/msh (Reuters, AP, dpa)

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