AFP photographer among 25 killed in Kabul blasts


PV Desk : At least 25 people have been killed in two bombings in the Afghan capital Kabul, including several journalists documenting the scene.

AFP said its chief photographer, Shah Marai, had been killed.

The first explosion was carried out by an attacker on a motorbike. A second followed about 15 minutes later after a crowd, including several reporters, had gathered at the scene.

The Islamic State group (IS) said it had carried out the attack.

In a tweet, the AFP news agency said the second blast had deliberately targeted the group of journalists.

“The bomber disguised himself as a journalist and detonated himself among the crowd,” AFP quoted a police spokesman as saying.

Radio Free Europe confirmed that two of its journalists, Abadullah Hananzai and Moharram Durrani, were also killed in the attack.

Abadullah Hananzai, a journalist and cameraman, had been working on a story about narcotics, while Moharram Durrani worked on the weekly women’s programme, RFE said.

Another of its journalists, Sabwoon Kakar, was injured.

At least eight journalists and four police officers were among the dead, interior minister spokesperson Najib Danish told the BBC. So far, 45 people have been reported injured.

AFP also reported that two journalists from 1TV, one from Tolo news, and one from Jahan TV were among the dead, though their identities have not been released.

The intelligence services headquarters had been the target, IS said in a statement released through its self-styled news outlet Amaq.

The Shashdarak district also houses the defence ministry and a Nato compound.