Dozens killed, many wounded in Kabul multiple blasts

Dozens killed, many wounded in Kabul multiple blasts

A suicide bomber has struck near an office of the Afghan intelligence service in the capital, Kabul, killing at least six people, including a woman in a passing vehicle.

According to a report this month by media freedom group Reporters without Borders, Afghanistan is among the world's most unsafe countries for media workers with two journalists and five media assistants killed doing their jobs in 2017, before Thursday's attack. According to the ministry, preliminary reports indicated that the attack was triggered by a suicide bomber.

Islamic State also claimed Monday's attack on the National Directorate of Security spy agency in a statement via their Amaq propaganda arm. A journalist at the agency, Sayed Abbas Hussaini, told Reuters that one reporter had been killed and another wounded.

Afghan Journalist Safety Committee (AJSC), a watchdog to promote safety of journalists in the country, condemned the attack on Twitter.




Afghanistan is among the world's most unsafe countries for media workers, with two journalists and five media assistants killed doing their jobs this year, before today's attack.

Deputy Health Minister Feda Mohammad Paikan said 35 bodies had been brought into a nearby hospital, while media showed the injured suffering serious burns. The country is ranked 120 out of 180 on the organization's Press Freedom Index.

The ISIS's local affiliate, which first appeared in eastern Afghanistan near the border with Pakistan in early 2015, has become increasingly active and has claimed several recent suicide attacks in Kabul.

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