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ISIS Claims Blasts in Kabul which Killed Dozens

ISIS Claims Blasts in Kabul which Killed Dozens

Officials said there appears to have been more than one attacker.

The ISIS claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on Monday on a compound of Afghanistan's national intelligence agency in Kabul, which killed at least five people and wounded two.

According to a report this month by media freedom group Reporters without Borders, Afghanistan is among the world's most risky countries for media workers with two journalists and five media assistants killed doing their jobs in 2017, before Thursday's attack.

Nasrat Rahimi, deputy spokesman for the Minister of Interior, told Pajhwok Afghan News the explosion took place at 10:30 a.m. local time (1:00 a.m. EST).

Both the Taliban and an Islamic State affiliate have carried out several past attacks in the capital, mainly targeting security forces.




According to them, there were at least two, maybe three suicide bombers who also used grenades in the attack.

The attack, the latest in a series to hit Afghan media groups in recent years, follows an attack on a private television station in Kabul last month. Women and children were among the dead at the center, which accounted for the vast majority of the casualties.

The attack took place opposite the offices of the Afghan Voice news agency.

Afghan Journalists Safety Committee recently reported a surge in attacks against journalists, with at least 73 cases recorded in 2017, an increase of 35 percent compared with 2016.


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