Published: Tue, May 01, 2018
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Deadly attacks in Afghanistan leave 42 dead, including 10 journalists

Deadly attacks in Afghanistan leave 42 dead, including 10 journalists

His goal, he said in a statement, was " apostates of security forces and media".

"It has been bloodiest attack since fall of Taliban regime in 2001", says organization.

The AFJ released the names of the nine dead journalists: Ebadollah Hananzi, Sabvon Kakeker and Maharam Darani (Azadai radio), Yar Mohammad Tokhi (cameraman of the ToloNews agency), Ghazi Rasoli and Norozali Rajabi (TV1 cameramen), Shah Marai Fezi ( photographer of the AFP agency), Salim Talash and Ali Salimi (of the Mashal channel).

"I've seen them work and trust me, the colleagues of the dead will be back to cover the next horrendous attack #pressfreedom", tweeted journalist Sune Engel Rasmussen Monday, who formerly reported for the Guardian newspaper in Kabul, in response to Monday's blasts.

At least 11 students have been reported dead, and 16 people, including five Romanian soldiers, wounded after a suicide vehicle bomber detonated his explosives near a school and a mosque in Afghanistan's Kandahar province.

The Washington-based Committee to Protect Journalists strongly condemned the attack, calling it "a reminder of the extreme dangers to media workers in that country" and "an assault on Afghan democracy". Unlike in past, when Kabul became a fortress by comparison to rest of country, terrorists of one and or sign have managed to convert Afghan capital to one of most risky places in Afghanistan for a couple of years.

AFP global news director Michele Leridon has described his death as a "devastating blow for the close-knit Kabul bureau and the entire agency".

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Survivors and witnesses recounted scenes of mayhem.

"I saw journalists covered with blood, this time they targeted the media", Sakhi added.

"To attack non-combatants aiding the wounded and dying is an attack on the right to health", writes Patricia Gossman, Human Rights Watch's senior researcher on Afghanistan.

The twin attack comes merely a week after a massive suicide bombing struck a voter ID registration center, killing over 60 people. "We express our deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives and pray to Almighty Allah for early recovery of the injured", Pakistani Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Kabul chief of police Dawood Amin said the area hit was quickly sealed off and authorities were investigating.

In its statement on Twitter, the United Kingdom embassy said it "strongly condemns the attacks in Kabul today".

A few hours after the strikes in Kabul, an attack in Kandahar Province killed 11 students at a local religious school. Four policemen were among those killed according to Kabul police spokesman, Hashmat Stanekzai. There was no claim of responsibility for the bloodbath in Kandahar, a former stronghold of the Taliban.

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Separately, a suicide bomber rammed a vehicle into an armored Romanian vehicle beside a mosque outside the city of Kandahar, setting off an explosion that killed 11 children and injured 16 others, officials said. He said the slain officer was the chief of the criminal investigations unit for Behsud district.

No one had claimed responsibility for the attack in the immediate aftermath.

Shiites have stepped up security around their places of worship in recent years, but Afghanistan's security forces seem confounded on how to prevent the relentless attacks.

The first blast happened at around at 8 a.m. local time in the Shashdarak area of the city, where the USA embassy and Afghan government buildings are located, prompting journalists to rush to the scene.

The relentless assaults underscore the struggles that Afghan security forces have faced to reign in the militant groups since the United States and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation concluded their combat mission at the end of 2014.

He got his start at the AFP in 1998, while Afghanistan was still under Taliban rule.

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