Twin blasts in Afghan capital kill at least 26, including nine journalists

Twin blasts in Afghan capital kill at least 26, including nine journalists

Though the ISIS affiliate in Afghanistan is relatively small compared to some others, they've shown an ability to organize and carry out major attacks, and Afghan government security has shown no ability to prevent them. It also included disgruntled Afghan Taliban fighters opposed to their leadership's attempts to rein in violence and pursue peace efforts.

Meanwhile, in the southern province of Kandahar, 11 children were killed and 16 others were injured, including five Romanian soldiers, in a auto bomb attack in the town of Haji Abdullah Khan.

Nine journalists were killed in suicide bombings in the capital, Kabul. Eight Romanian NATO troopers have been wounded.

The French news agency Agence France-Presse said its chief photographer in Afghanistan, Shah Marai, was killed. The defiant station was back on the air within hours, a newscaster with bandaged hands reporting on the attack as its director vowed: "They can not silence us".

The Islamic State claimed the twin blasts through its news agency Amaq and said the intelligence services headquarters was the target.

The BBC said one of its Afghan reporters, Ahmad Shah, was killed during an attack in Khost. No one immediately claimed responsibility for Monday's attack, but both Taliban and Islamic State group are active and have repeatedly claimed attacks in Kabul.

Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders said it was the deadliest attack targeting reporters since the USA -led invasion that overthrew the Taliban in 2001.

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Those reports came on the heels of an Afghan government announcement in February that it would be willing to recognize the Taliban as a legitimate political party as part of a potential ceasefire agreement with the Islamist militant group. AFP said the death of its "treasured colleague" Shah Marai, who had written of the dangers of reporting in the Afghan capital, was "a devastating blow".

She added that there are many fortified streets near the site of the attack.

"These attacks caused untold human suffering to Afghan families", the top United Nations official in Afghanistan, Tadamichi Yamamoto, said in a statement. "I am furthermore outraged by the attack which appears to have deliberately targeted journalists", he added.

"I don't know who is responsible for all these attacks".

The coordinated explosions are believed to have injured at least 45 others.

No group has yet claimed responsibility. Last week, six people, including two Afghan soldiers, were killed in a auto bombing in Helmand province. The IS affiliate in Afghanistan first emerged in Nangarhar a few years ago, then expanded its footprint across the country.

The April 22 explosion occurred at the doorway of an identity card distribution and voter registration center in Kabul's Dasht-e-Barchi area and left at least 57 people dead and 119 others wounded. A coordinated double suicide bombing hit central Kabul on Monday morning.

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