A suicide blast within the Afghan capital introduced struggle journalists dashing to the scene Monday morning.
Then one other bomber, pretending to be a member of the press, detonated his explosive vest within the coronary heart of their storytelling and killed greater than two dozen individuals.
9 of the 25 victims within the consecutive suicide assaults in central Kabul have been journalists, in line with police spokesman Hashmat Stanekzai. Forty-five extra individuals have been reported wounded.
Company France-Presse recognized the slain journalist as one among their very own — Shah Marai was a veteran Kabul-based photographer and father of 5 kids.
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“It is a devastating blow, for the courageous employees of our close-knit Kabul bureau and the complete company. Shah Marai was a treasured colleague who spent greater than 15 years documenting the tragic battle in Afghanistan for AFP,” stated Michele Leridon, the company’s world information director.
“We are able to solely honor the extraordinary power, braveness and generosity of a photographer who lined typically traumatic, horrific occasions with sensitivity and consummate professionalism,” Leridon stated within the assertion. “We additionally ship our condolences to the households of different journalists killed on this horrible assault.”
In a private essay two years in the past, Marai recalled Kabul’s risks on the top of the Taliban occupation and the hope he noticed instantly after the American invasion in 2001.
“I don’t dare to take my kids for a stroll,” he wrote. “I’ve 5 and so they spend their time cooped up inside the home. Each morning as I am going to the workplace and each night once I return residence, all I consider are vehicles that may be booby-trapped, or of suicide bombers popping out of a crowd. I can’t take the danger. So we don’t exit.”
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Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty confirmed that Maharram Durrani, Abadullah Hananzai and Sabawoon Kakar died within the assault.
Hananzai had been engaged on a undertaking about narcotics trafficking, and Durrani had been engaged on a weekly ladies’s program, in line with RFE.
Native tv station TOLO stated that its cameraman Yar Mohammad Tokhi had additionally died together with Ghazi Rasooli and Nowroz Ali Rajabi of 1TV and Mashal TV’s Saleem Talash and Ali Saleemi.
Islamic State fighters in Afghanistan, generally known as the Khorasan Province, took credit score for the explosions.
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Police stated the primary bomber had been on a motorcycle, then the second attacker detonated the explosives whereas among the many journalists masking the preliminary blast.
The blast knocked a handful of reporters and their gear to the bottom. Some have been pictured struggling to stand up amongst a multitude of bloodied our bodies and cameras scattered on the street.
A number of international places of work are positioned close to the location of the blast, Kabul chief of police Dawood Amin stated.
Two law enforcement officials have been among the many wounded.
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The Khorasan Province boasted that their martyrdom seekers carried out the double bombing to focus on the “renegade” Afghan intelligence providers in Kabul who additionally got here to the location.
The assertion didn’t didn’t say that the second attacker particularly focused the journalists.