The synchronized explosion of bombs of two suicide bombers has caused at least 21 dead and nearly 40 wounded in center of Kabul, according to spokesman of Ministry of Public Health of Afghanistan, Wahidullah Majroh. The first outbreak occurred at 8.00 a.m. local time (05.30 a.m. in Peninsular Spain) in vicinity of Office of Intelligence Services (NSD); And second right among journalists who had gone to cover first attack in district of Shashdarak, according to spokesman of Interior Ministry, Najib Danish. One of deceased is Shah Marai, photographer of Agence France Presse (AFP), as confirmed by this medium on Twitter. The images show several reporters shot and bloodied after second burst.More information
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"I am very sad for terrorist attack this Monday against civilians and journalists in Kabul. An attack on media is an attack on democracy and an attempt to silence voice of those who have no voice, "said Afghan Prime Minister Abdullah Abdullah. "We count terrorist attacks today and I want a quick recovery for wounded," he concluded.
"A kamikaze that circulated aboard a motorbike blew up before an English academy in Shashdarak sector," said Danish. "We have posted four dead and five wounded, all civilians," he added. According to this, several NDS offices are in that sector, "but explosion took place in front of English Academy."
The Shashdarak area hosts NATO headquarters and offices of several international NGOs. Kabul Police chief Dawood Amin said in a public message that second detonation occurred near where a group of journalists had gared to cover first attack. In this initial attack, suicide bomber blew up a motorcycle loaded with explosives, while in second murderer allegedly had a camera on his shoulder posing as a reporter.
In memory of Shah MARAI, AFP chief photographer in Afghanistana powerful essay from far of six written written in 2016 that gives an insight into his immense bravery and commitment Https://t.co/dotR5lbsjH Pic.twitter.com/sG1d09p2gC— AFP news Agency (@AFP) April 30, 2018
This is first major attack in Afghan capital since Taliban rejected last Wednesday proposed dialogue launched at end of February by Afghan government and announce start of ir new military offensive spring.
A week ago, a suicide attack on a voter registration center in western Kabul, assumed by Islamic State jihadi group (ISIS), caused 69 deaths and wounds to about 120 people.
So far this year Afghan capital has been subject of several attacks, most important, perpetrated at end of January by Taliban with an ambulance bomb that exploded in street in a central district of Kabul and killed more than a hundred people. After that attack, capital's authorities have reviewed entire security plan of city and replaced it to avoid major attacks.