According to Business Insider, ten journalists, one US military soldier, several Romanian and Afghan soldiers and multiple civilians were killed in four separate incidents across the country, marking Monday as a deadly day in Afghanistan.
The first incident took place when two suicide bombers detonated their devices near Afghan intelligence headquarters in Kabul, killing at least 25 people and wounding 49.
Business Insider added that the first suicide bomber blew himself up while on a motorbike. Later the second one set off his payload while mixed in with the group of journalists who had rushed to the scene after the first explosion.
ISIS later claimed responsibility for the attack killing a veteran AFP photographer, Shah Marai, and three RFE/RL journalists along with journalists from TV 1 and Mashal TV. Reuters and Al Jazeera reporters were wounded according to media watchdog Reporters Without Borders, which added that it was the deadliest attack on journalists since 2001.
According to Denver Post, survivors of the attacks in Kabul recounted scenes of mayhem.
A taxi driver said that everything was covered with dust and fire after the explosion. Journalists were blood soaked. A young woman who was with her husband when he was wounded in the attack, lashed out at the authorities.
The attacks were condemned by Afghan President, Ashraf Ghani and the U.S. Embassy in Kabul.
In other violence Monday, insurgents killed at least four Afghan policemen in an ambush in the northern Balkh province. In the eastern Nangarhar province, an explosion killed an Afghan police officer and wounded four other people.
A car bomb detonated in Kandahar province, killing and wounding Romanian soldiers, multiple Afghan police officers and civilians. The attack killed 16 people — 11 students and five Romanian soldiers.
No one claimed responsibility for the attacks.
IS and the more firmly established Taliban carry out regular attacks, with the Taliban usually targeting the Afghan government and security forces, and IS targeting the country’s Shiite minority, whom the militants view as apostates.
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