Kabul: Suicide bombing kills more than 25 people including journalists

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At least 25 people died in two suicide bombings in the Afghan Capital Kabul on Monday including more than half dozen journalists.

Chief Photographer of AFP also died in the incident.

The first explosion was carried out at around 8 a.m. in Shasdarak area of the city. A second followed about 15 minutes later after a crowd including journalists rushed to the scene.

The Islamic States group said it had carried out the attack.

“The bomber disguised himself as a journalist and detonated himself among the crowd,” AFP quoted a police official as saying.

At least eight journalists and four police officers were among dead, Interior Minister Spokesperson Najib Danish told the media.

So far, 45 people have been reported injured in the two incidents and taken to the city hospital, according to Ministry of Public Health.

The star photographer Shah Marai had joined AFP as a driver in 1996. In 2002, he became a full-time photo stringer rising in his ranks to become the chief photographer at the bureau.

AFP paid its tributes to Marai, who it said had six children, including a newborn.

“This is a devastating blow,” global news director Michele Leridon said. “We can only honor the extraordinary strength, courage, and generosity of a photographer who covered often traumatic, horrific events with sensitivity and consummate professionalism.”

Bombings in Kabul, Afghanistan are not uncommon.

Earlier in April, a suicide bomb at a voter registration killed almost 60 people and injured 119.

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