Islamic State Claims Responsibility for Kabul Bombings
The Islamic State (IS) militant group has claimed responsibility for two suicide bombings in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul.
The Associated Press reports that the suicide bombers killed at least 25 people, including nine Afghan journalists. At least 45 other people were reported wounded.
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty said three of its journalists were among those killed.
The Afghan Journalist Safety Committee, a local group, strongly condemned the bombings. They are being desCRIbed as the deadliest attacks ever on media workers in Afghanistan.
Afghan officials and witnesses said the first bomb exploded in central Kabul during the early morning hours, when many people were going to work. They said a bomber riding a motorbike caused the explosion near an office of the National Directorate of Security, the country’s intelligence agency.
When rescue workers and media crews gathered in the area minutes later, a second attacker who looked like a journalist caused his bomb to explode. A Kabul police official told VOA that the second explosion caused most of the casualties.
“We condemn in the strongest terms possible the cowardly attacks in Kabul by two suicide bombers that killed and injured Afghan forces and innocent Afghan citizens,“ said American General John Nicholson. He commands United States forces and NATO’s non-combatant operations in the country.
Hours after the attack in Kabul, unknown gunmen killed an Afghan journalist working for the British Broadcasting Corporation in the border city of Khost.
A short time later, the Afghan Taliban released a statement. The group denied involvement in the attacks in both cities.