Afghan Capital Hit by Morning Rush Hour Blasts

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Two reporters for the Afghan branch of Radio Free Europe and a third who was to begin working there soon also were killed, Radio Free Europe said.

The Islamic State group claimed the Kabul bombings in a statement posted online, saying it targeted the Afghan intelligence headquarters.

At least 26 people have been killed in two bombings in the Afghan capital Kabul, including several journalists documenting the scene, the BBC World Service reported.

According to The Associated Press, the first suicide bomber was on a motorbike while the second attacker was among the crowd of reporters that rushed to the scene of the first attack, pretending to be one of the media, police said. A second suicide bomber who was carrying a camera himself to "blend" among the media personnel, according to police, just then detonated his bomb.

Khost police chief Abdul Hanan told BBC Afghan that Shah had been shot by unidentified armed men.

"I don't know who is responsible for all these attacks". Crucially, they are also filling the information gap in some of the country's most insecure provinces, where the conflict has made it too dangerous for others to travel.

Afghan National Army (ANA) officers march during a graduation ceremony at the Ghazi Military Training Centre in Kabul, March 31, 2011.

"Despite the current assault, the vibrant media landscape which has evolved in Afghanistan will survive, in substantial part due to all those journalists and media pros who tragically died in the current assault, but whose courageous and loyal work helped lay the foundation for Afghanistan's flourishing and resilient independent media", Pompeo stated.

The interior ministry confirmed the number of deaths and said 49 people had been wounded amid fears the toll could rise. "That document was provided to the Times by a person outside Mr. Trump's legal team". Marai was a father of six, including an infant daughter born in April.

File photo of Agence France-Presse (AFP) chief photographer Shah Marai.

"We also send our condolences to the families of other journalists killed in this terrible attack".

The latest attacks come amid a wave of increased attacks across Afghanistan, with April seeing intense violence.

Reporters Without Borders said that since 2016, it has recorded the killings of 34 journalists in Afghanistan, which it ranks at 118 out of 180 countries on the Press Freedom Index.

Suicide attacks in Afghanistan, like those on Monday, went up 50 percent in 2017.

In November last year broadcaster Shamshad TV was stormed by gunmen who killed one person. Last year, the IEC announced that the legislative elections would definitely be held on July 7, 2018, but it soon became obvious that this deadline, too, would be difficult to meet.

Officials have acknowledged that security is a major concern because the Taliban and other militant groups control or contest large swathes of the country. "I taught myself photography, so I am always looking to improve", he said in a company profile in 2015. Her husband was wounded and was taken to the Wazir Akbar Khan hospital.