Two ISIS bombs kill 25 people in Afghanistan after journalists race to cover initial explosion – and are hit by second blast
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- Twin blasts in Kabul, Afghanistan have killed at least 25 and left dozens injured
- Journalists had gathered to cover first attack carried out by attacker on moped
- But another suicide bomber posing as a reporter then set off a second blast
- An AFP photographer and a local cameraman are among those who were killed
At least 25 have been killed in bomb blasts in Afghanistan after journalists who raced to cover the initial explosion were hit by a second bomb.
A photographer with the news agency AFP and a local cameraman were among those killed after a man pretending to be a reporter carried out a suicide bomb attack in the central Shash Darak area of the capital Kabul.
They were among a group of journalists and photographers who had gathered to cover an earlier blast, carried out by another suicide bomber on a motorbike.
Together, the co-ordinated attacks have killed at least 25 and left a further 45 injured. ISIS has this morning claimed responsibility for the atrocity.
At least 25 have been killed in bomb blasts in Afghanistan after journalists who raced to cover the initial explosion were hit by a second bomb. Pictured: The aftermath of a second bomb blast after journalists were targeted in the second blast this morning
A group of journalists and photographers had gathered to cover an earlier blast, carried out by another suicide bomber on a motorbike
Security forces ran for cover after the second bomb blast rocked the central Shash Darak area of the capital Kabul this morning
Pictures from the scene show a line of journalists gathered at the scene and the gruesome aftermath of the twin blasts.
Agence France-Presse reported that the news agency’s chief photographer in Kabul, Shah Marai, was among those killed.
AFP said Marai died in a blast that was targeting a group of journalists who had rushed to the scene of the earlier suicide attack in the capital.
Sediqullah Tawhidi, an official from the Afghan Journalist Safety Committee, said a cameraman from the local Tolo TV also was killed.
Police officer Jan Agha said journalists died in the second blast, which also wounded two police officers. This was the chaotic scene after the second attack
The suicide attacks took place in the central Shash Darak area, which is home to the Nato headquarters and a number of embassies in Afghanistan
Afghan men carry a wounded man in a wheelbarrow after the second blast in Kabul, Afghanistan
Police officer Jan Agha said the journalists died in the second blast, which also wounded two police officers.
The suicide attacks took place in the central Shash Darak area, which is home to the Nato headquarters and a number of embassies in Afghanistan.
The second was meant to hit those rushing to the scene of the attack to help the victims of the first blast.
Kabul chief of police Dawood Amin said the area of Kabul that was targeted, which includes many foreign offices, was quickly sealed off.
Mohammad Mousa Zahir, director of Wazir Akbarkhan Hospital, said several people who were injured in the blasts were being treated at the hospital.
The local ISIS affiliate and the more firmly established Taliban carry out regular attacks around the country, with the Taliban usually targeting the government and security forces and ISIS targeting the Shiite minority.
Large-scale attacks by the two militant groups have also hit the Afghan capital. Both groups want to establish strict Islamic rule in Afghanistan.
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