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03 May 2018, 11:35 | Bibiana Flor

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Outrage mounted across the world on Tuesday a day after ten journalists were killed in ISIS-claimed attacks in Afghanistan.

In addition, several Afghan police and Afghan civilians, including an apparent group of children, were either killed or wounded in the blast, it said.

Reporters Without Borders said that since 2016 it has recorded the killings of 34 journalists in Afghanistan, which it ranks at 118 out of 180 countries on the Press Freedom Index. The poignant final words of that post: "I have never felt life to have so little prospects and I don't see a way out". A second suicide bomber who was carrying a camera himself to "blend" among the media personnel, according to police, just then detonated his bomb.

The French news agency Agence France-Presse said its chief photographer in Afghanistan, Shah Marai, was killed. To report. To break the silence after an explosion that turns victims into anonymous numbers.

At least 20 were killed last year, but it is believed Monday's death toll was the worst for media workers in a single attack in the county.

RSF urged the Afghan government to do more to protect journalists. "I was stunned, I couldn't believe it", said Sobhani, who suffered minor wounds. The number in 2017 was higher than in 2016 and 2015. Her husband was wounded and was taken to the Wazir Akbar Khan hospital.

Local media watchdog, Afghan Journalist Safety Committee (AJSC), while confirming the media-related fatalities, strongly condemned the attack.

The Taliban spokesperson said last week that the spring offensive will target "mainly focused on crushing, killing, and capturing American invaders", adding that the Americans' "internal supporters" - the Afghan government and troops - are considered secondary priorities.

Reuters photographer Omar Sobhani, an old friend and colleague of Shah Marai, was standing next to him when the bomb exploded.

Another problem is the terrorists are now specifically targeting Afghanistan's fragile, fledgling democracy.

His words were tragically prophetic.

"The stability of the region including Afghanistan hinges on the international community's utmost efforts to strictly fight the problem of terrorism", Qassemi said on Monday. The statement did not say anything about specifically targeting journalists.

In a separate attack yesterday, 11 schoolchildren were killed and 16 critically injured in an IED attack, during a patrol mission led by NATO forces in the southern city of Kandahar.

The following morning I headed to the airport in my car.

"We can only honour the extraordinary strength, courage, and generosity of a photographer who covered often traumatic, horrific events with sensitivity and consummate professionalism", Leridon said.

The slain journalists represented a mix of international news organizations - AFP, the BBC - and local outlets such as Afghanistan's Tolo television. He was killed in a suicide attack in Afghanistan.

One day I was taking pictures of a line outside a bakery. Later on April 30, a BBC reporter was also shot dead in the eastern province of Khost. But he had finally become engaged and was due to marry in coming weeks. Eight media persons, including a woman, died in the second blast.



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