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Twin blasts kill 25, including journalists in Kabul

05 May 2018, 11:18 | Bibiana Flor

Policemen help Afghan journalists victims of a second suicide blast in Kabul

Policemen help Afghan journalists victims of a second suicide blast in Kabul

The photographer, Shah Marai, was among a group of journalists caught in the second explosion as they were reporting on the initial blast. "Those who have organised and enabled these attacks must be brought to justice and held to account", the UN envoy said.

Joel Simon, the committee's executive director, told CNN the bombing in Kabul "has been an assault on the global media".

Rasooli was a young journalism student enrolled at Kabul University and was in the process of finishing his final year of studies, according to Tolo. The bomber then detonated his explosives while still among the reporters, Stanekzai said, intentionally targeting journalists.

America's aim was no longer democratic nation-building, as in the era of George W Bush, Grossman said.

Marai's versatility and easy camaraderie was demonstrated in a message moments before the second attack, in which he reassured an AFP video colleague who was stuck in traffic and could not reach the scene. "So theses are the reporters who keep the world informed".

At least eight other journalists were injured.

The Islamic State outfit has reportedly claimed responsibility for the twin attacks. In Khost province, reporter Ahmad Shah of the BBC was murdered by a gunmen.

According to reports, after one terrorist blast killed many civilians, a follow-up blast targeted journalists who arrived to cover the attack.

The Afghan Journalists Safety Committee said seven journalists had been killed and French news agency Agence France-Presse confirmed that its chief photographer in Afghanistan, Shah Marai, was among the dead.

The organization noted that five journalists were also wounded. Journalists were targeted by this attack.

Dozens of people were killed in a series of terrorist attacks in Afghanistan on Monday. The government and people of Pakistan express their support and solidarity with their Afghan brethren in this hour of grief, it added.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani condemned the attacks, as did the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. Twelve people, including two police officers, were killed in that attack.

One tribute to his commitment comes in his own words: an essay from 2016 that he wrote for the AFP Correspondent blog that also reveals his loss of hope for Afghanistan.

Their deaths underscore the dangers faced by journalists as the war-torn country slips further into violence, more than 16 years after the Taliban regime fell. Life at the time was hard, people were without work, prices were going through the roof. As Calderone notes in his story, "The lack of transparency is also striking given the Times has aggressively covered workplace matters, including sexual harassment allegations, at media companies such as Vice Media and Fox News". The children had gathered around the NATO convoy for fun when the bomber struck, said Abdul Rahim Ayubi, a lawmaker from Kandahar. Tolo News cameraman Yar Mohammed Tokhi, was to have been married within weeks. By March 2017, approximately 89 per cent of population came under mobile telephone coverage.

The Afghan economy - measured in GDP - stopped growing in 2012 and has since retrenched. In May last year, Zan TV, Afghanistan's first and only TV station run by and for women, was launched.

However, information about the number of journalists killed in the incident is contradictory.



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