25 killed in twin Afghan blasts

25 killed in twin Afghan blasts

An AFP photographer, a cameraman for the local Tolo TV station and several reporters for the Afghan branch of Radio Free Europe were among the fatalities, police said.

Globally, it was the worst attack on journalists in a single incident since 31 reporters and photographers were killed in a massacre in the southern Philippines in 2009.

The legislative polls had to be delayed due to a host of issues - lack of security, delays in electoral reforms, lack of donors' funding and disagreement on how to mention nationality and ethnicity on the new national identity cards. "He showed his press card and stood among journalists before blowing himself up", Danish said. Shah Marai was one of nine journalists killed in a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan's capital on April 30, 2018.

The Afghan economy - measured in GDP - stopped growing in 2012 and has since retrenched.

Kandahar governor spokesman Said Aziz Ahmad Azizi confirmed the casualty toll. Ten journalists have been killed in Afghanistan in the deadliest day for journalists in the country since the Taliban fell.

Survivors and witnesses recounted scenes of mayhem. This is true in Afghanistan, but it's true in conflict zones around the world.

The Kabul attack has received widespread international attention as it represents the worst attack on journalists in the country since US-led invasion in 2001. That's when "that a bomber disguised as a TV cameraman detonated another bomb in the site", CNN reported. I would phone in information to the Islamabad bureau with a satellite phone.

Monday's first explosion in the Shashdarak area close to buildings of the NDS intelligence service was followed by one outside the ministry of urban development and housing, just as people were entering the government office.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani condemned the attacks.

"We are doing all we can to support his family at this very difficult time".

The modus operandi of the two attacks was unique in the sense that it was well-crafted and executed with great precision carrying ISIS signature. The broadcaster did not immediately give further details. The other assassinated journalists were Yar Mohammad Tokhi, Abadullah Hananzai, Sabawoon Kakar, Ghazi Rasuli, Nawruz Ali Rajabi, Salim Talash, and Ali Salimi. "Those responsible for such crimes must be swiftly brought to justice", adding the need of the hour to bring the assailants to justice. "We wish all those injured in this senseless violence a speedy recovery", the message said. The insurgents ambushed the police vehicle and fired RPGs.

Hazara Afghan children sit inside their cave in the old city of Bamiyan, June 19, 2015.

Amid the deteriorating security, the US government's top watchdog on Afghanistan revealed that the number of Afghan security forces decreased by nearly 11 percent in the past year. The IS affiliate in Afghanistan first emerged in Nangarhar a few years ago, then expanded its footprint to elsewhere across the country.

In the absence of a holistic US strategy, Afghanistan risks becoming one large training ground and weapons testing site for the American armed forces.

According to CNN, "Afghanistan has witnessed a spate of attacks in recent weeks".

Joel Simon, the committee's executive director, told CNN the bombing in Kabul "has been an assault on the global media".

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