A coordinated double suicide bombing by the Islamic State group hit central Kabul on Monday morning, killing at least 25 people, including eight journalists, officials said. An AFP photographer and a cameraman for a local TV station were among those killed.
At least 45 people were wounded in the twin attacks, according to Kabul police spokesman, Hashmat Stanekzai, who also said four policemen were among those killed. A few hours later a suicide car bombing in the southern province of Kandahar killed 11 children, a police spokesman said.
In a statement posted on an IS-affiliated website, the Islamic State group said two of its martyrdom seekers carried out the double Kabul bombings, targeting the headquarters of the “renegade” Afghan intelligence services.
A police spokesman said that the first suicide bomber was on a motorbike. The second explosion was meant to hit those scrambling to get to the scene to help the victims of the first blast, he added.