The Latest: Kabul attack toll rises to 25 killed, 45 wounded

The Latest: Kabul attack toll rises to 25 killed, 45 wounded
The Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on violence in Afghanistan (all times local):

11:20 a.m.

A Kabul police spokesman has raised the casualty toll from the double suicide attacks in the Afghan capital to 25 killed and at least 45 wounded.

The spokesman, Hashmat Stanekzai, says that along with the two journalists killed in the bombings — an AFP photographer and a cameraman for the local Tolo TV station — four policemen were also among those killed.

Stanekzai says the first suicide bomber was on a motor bike 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.

He added that the second attacker then detonated his explosives while still among the reporters.

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10:30 a.m.

An Afghan official says the death toll from the Kabul attacks has now reached 21, with 27 people reported wounded.

Wahid Majroh, the public health ministry’s spokesman, gave the latest casualty tolls for the twin suicide bombings in the Afghan capital.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but both Taliban and Islamic State group are active and have repeatedly claimed attacks in Kabul.

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10:15 a.m.

Agence France-Presse has reported that the news agency’s chief photographer in Kabul, Shah Marai, has been killed in the twin suicide attacks in the Afghan capital.

AFP says Marai died in a blast that was targeting a group of journalists who had rushed to the scene of a suicide attack in Kabul.

Sediqullah Tawhidi, an official form the journalist safety committee says that another journalist was among those who were killed on Monday’s attack. Tawhidi says that a cameraman form the local TOLO TV also was killed.

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10 a.m.

An Afghan official says that at least seven people were killed in two suicide bomb attacks in the capital, Kabul.

Wahid Majroh, spokesman for the public health ministry, says 20 other people were wounded in the attack.

Hashmat Stanekzai, spokesman for the Kabul Police chief, says that first bomber was on a motorbike and the second suicide bomber was on foot.

The second attacker was among reporters who had gathered at the scene to cover the attack, added Stanekzai.

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9:40 a.m.

An Afghan official says initial reports show at least six people were killed and 14 were wounded in double explosions in central Kabul.

Mohammad Asim, chief of the Kabul ambulance service, said five people were killed and 11 were wounded in the initial blast Monday morning.

The first explosion was soon followed by another. Police officer Jan Agha at the scene of the blast said a journalist died in the second blast, which also wounded two police officers.

The police chief said the central area of Kabul that was targeted includes foreign offices.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks in Kabul.

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9 a.m.

Officials say explosions in central Kabul have killed four people and wounded eight others.

Mohammad Asim, chief of the Kabul ambulance service, said three people were killed and six were wounded in the initial blast Monday morning.

The first explosion was soon followed by another. Police officer Jan Agha said a journalist died in the second blast, which also wounded two police officers.

The police chief said the central area of Kabul that was targeted includes foreign offices.

More details were not immediately available.

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8:45 a.m.

Authorities in Kabul say an explosion has occurred in the center of the Afghan capital and several people were hurt.

Kabul chief of police Dawood Amin says the area hit by the Monday morning blast includes foreign offices. Amin said the explosion caused casualties.

Mohammad Mousa Zahir, director of Wazir Akbarkhan Hospital, said several people suffering injuries from the blast were being treated at the hospital.

More information was not immediately available.

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