At least 36 people were killed and 49 were injured in two back-to-back suicide explosions in Kabul on Monday morning, The Guardian reported. Most of those injured were journalists and emergency personnel who had gathered in the Shashdarak locality after the first explosion.
French news agency AFP said its chief photographer in Kabul, Shah Marai, was among four journalists who died in the second blast.
The explosions took place during the morning rush hour near the buildings of the NDS intelligence service, Reuters reported. The first blast occurred at 8 am local time (9 am Indian time), and the second one targeting journalists and rescue personnel 20 minutes later.
The Afghanistan Federation of Journalists issued a statement condemning the incident. It called the attack a “war crime” and an “organised attack on the Afghan media”.
An explosion was also reported in eastern Nangarhar, where a police official was killed. Three policemen and the district’s deputy governor were injured, according to TOLOnews.
The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, AFP reported.