Journos Arrived at the Site of a Blast. Then Came the 2nd One

AFP says chief photographer is among victims
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 30, 2018 2:47 AM CDT
A wounded woman is helped at the site of explosions in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Monday.   (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)
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(Newser) – A coordinated double suicide bombing hit central Kabul on Monday morning, killing 25 people, including an AFP photographer and a cameraman for a local TV station, Afghan police say. At least 45 people were wounded in the twin attacks, according to a Kabul police spokesman, who added that four policemen were among those killed. The attack was the latest in a relentless string of deadly large-scale bombings and assaults that have struck in Kabul and elsewhere in Afghanistan so far this year. No one immediately claimed responsibility for Monday's attack, but both the Taliban and ISIS are active and have repeatedly claimed attacks in Kabul, the AP reports.

Police say the first suicide bomber was on a motorbike. The second explosion was meant to hit those rushing to the scene of the attack to help the victims of the first blast. AFP reported that the news agency's chief photographer in Kabul, Shah Marai, was among those killed. AFP said Marai died in the blast that struck a group of journalists who'd rushed to the scene of the earlier suicide attack. The Afghan Journalists Safety Committee says a cameraman from local TOLO TV also was killed. Last week, an ISIS suicide bomber attacked a voter registration center in Kabul, killing 60 people and wounding at least 130 others. There were 22 women and eight children among the fatalities.

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