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25 killed in twin Kabul bombing

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KABUL, April 30, 2018 (Xinhua) -- Afghan security forces members inspect at a blast site of Kabul, capital of Afghanistan, on April 30, 2018. At least 23 people, including two assailants, were killed and 27 others wounded after two suicide bomb blasts rocked a diplomatic district in central Kabul on Monday morning, officials said. (Xinhua/Rahmat Alizadah/IANS) by .
Afghan security forces members inspect at a blast site of Kabul, capital of Afghanistan, on April 30, 2018. (Xinhua/Rahmat Alizadah/IANS)

The Islamic State claimed the bombings in a statement released through its news agency Amaq. The militant group said the intelligence services headquarters had been the target….reports Asian Lite News

KABUL, April 30, 2018 (Xinhua) -- Afghan security forces members inspect at a blast site of Kabul, capital of Afghanistan, on April 30, 2018. At least 23 people, including two assailants, were killed and 27 others wounded after two suicide bomb blasts rocked a diplomatic district in central Kabul on Monday morning, officials said. (Xinhua/Rahmat Alizadah/IANS) by .

At least 25 people, including eight journalists, were killed in a coordinated double suicide bombing in the Afghan capital on Monday, according to government officials. The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for the attack.

A militant on a motorbike carried out the first explosion at 8 a.m. in the Shashdarak area in Police District 9 which houses the offices of Afghanistan’s intelligence service, the Defence Ministry, NATO and a number of foreign embassies, prompting journalists to rush to the scene, the Afghan media reported.

A second explosion took place about 20 minutes later as a second attacker, disguised as a cameraman, detonated explosives at the site of the initial blast, targeting journalists and rescue workers at the scene, said Kabul police chief Daoud Amin.

Eight journalists and four police officers were among the dead, Interior Ministry spokesperson Najib Danish told the BBC. French news agency Agence France Presse confirmed that its photographer Shah Marai was among the dead.

KABUL, April 30, 2018 (Xinhua) -- Afghan emergency personnel wait to treat the wounded at a blast site of Kabul, capital of Afghanistan, on April 30, 2018. At least 23 people, including two assailants, were killed and 27 others wounded after two suicide bomb blasts rocked a diplomatic district in central Kabul on Monday morning, officials said. (Xinhua/Rahmat Alizadah/IANS) by .
Afghan emergency personnel wait to treat the wounded at a blast site of Kabul, capital of Afghanistan (Xinhua/Rahmat Alizadah/IANS)

Forty-nine people were injured in the two explosions and were taken to hospitals, Tolo News cited the Interior Ministry as saying.

The Islamic State claimed the bombings in a statement released through its news agency Amaq. The militant group said the intelligence services headquarters had been the target.

Afghan President Asharf Ghani condemned the twin blasts. “Attacks targeting innocent civilians, worshippers inside the mosques, national and democratic processes, reporters and freedom of speech all are war crimes,” according to a statement released by the Presidential Palace.

US Ambassador John Bass tweeted: “I condemn today’s terrible Kabul attack (and) reaffirm our commitment (to) stand with the Afghan people in their fight for peace (and) security across Afghanistan. We mourn for those murdered, including the brave journalists who stand for truth in the face of violence.”

KABUL, April 30, 2018 (Xinhua) -- Afghan emergency personnel wait to treat the wounded at a blast site of Kabul, capital of Afghanistan, on April 30, 2018. At least 23 people, including two assailants, were killed and 27 others wounded after two suicide bomb blasts rocked a diplomatic district in central Kabul on Monday morning, officials said. (Xinhua/Rahmat Alizadah/IANS) by .

Afghanistan has seen a spate of attacks this year. Last week, six people, including two Afghan soldiers, were killed when a car bomb exploded in Afghanistan’s Helmand province.

On April 22, an Islamic State suicide bomber attacked a voter registration centre in Kabul, killing 60 people.

In March, 31 people were killed during the Persian new year celebrations in an Islamic State attack near a Shia shrine in Kabul.