At Least 29 Dead In Two Explosions In Afghanistan's Capitol

The killings bring the death toll among reporters working in the country since 1994 to at least 44, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Shah Marai of Agence France Presse was amongst a gaggle of journalists who died when a bomber disguised as a TV cameraman detonated a second bomb on the website of an earlier explosion.

Survivors of the attacks in Kabul recounted scenes of mayhem.

Afghan emergency personnel wait to treat the wounded at a blast site of Kabul, capital of Afghanistan, on April 30, 2018.

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

In some Afghan provinces, it said, the Taliban forced the media to pay arbitrary taxes that were tantamount to ransoms. An area police spokesman told VOA the attack targeted foreign forces. "The attack amounts to an assault on Afghan democracy as the nation prepares for parliamentary elections scheduled for October". But there is no assurance from the Chinese authorities regarding the plan. Write to us in the Comments Section.

Later Monday the BBC confirmed that one of its reporters, 29-year-old Ahmad Shah, was killed in a separate attack in eastern Khost province, near the border with Pakistan. "I saw journalists covered with blood".

Taliban militants, fighting to restore their version of strict Islamic law to Afghanistan, announced their usual spring offensive last week and there has been heavy fighting in several areas of the country since.

The intelligence services headquarters had been the target, IS said in a statement released through its self-styled news outlet Amaq. All of it includes within war crime. They are actively appealing for fighters who are on the back-foot in the Middle East to join them in Afghanistan.

The attacks are indicative of the worsening security situation in Afghanistan - where a shaky and very dependent partnership between the United States and the elected Afghan government has failed to establish any semblance of stability or control. Last year, 20 media professionals lost their lives, and just last week an unidentified gunman shot a reporter in Kandahar.

The first explosion was carried out by an attacker on a motorbike. The broadcaster did not immediately give further details. Due to this attack, 11 children from a nearby school were being killed. The children had gathered around the NATO convoy for fun when the bomber struck, said Abdul Rahim Ayubi, a lawmaker from Kandahar.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with those wounded and with the innocent Afghans whose lives were needlessly taken from them", said Gen. John Nicholson, the commander of Resolute Support. He was never scared of danger. Eight Romanian NATO soldiers were wounded in that bombing. They were rushed down to Kandahar Airfield's hospital. Then in 2000 all of the foreigners were finally chased out and I was left alone to hold down the fort at AFP's bureau.

"No worry man, I am here", he said by WhatsApp, adding that he was shooting video in addition to taking photos. A reporter of AFP was also among the dead. Under the laws of war, deliberate attacks on civilians are war crimes.

The IS affiliate in Afghanistan had originated just a few years before in Nangarhar. The BBC called it a "devastating loss".

In a tweet Monday, AFP's International Information Director Michele Leridon honored Marai for his "extraordinary energy, braveness and generosity" and praised his "consummate professionalism" and "sensitivity" throughout his 15 years protecting the Afghan battle for the information company. Both armed groups want to establish strict Islamic rule in Afghanistan.

A co-ordinated double suicide bombing hit central Kabul on Monday morning, killing 25 people.

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