21 killed in Kabul blasts


AT least 21 people were killed and 27 others injured in double explosions that targeted central Kabul on Monday morning, authorities said.

Five people were killed by the first blast and 11 were wounded, chief of Kabul ambulance service Mohammad Asim said earlier. A journalist was among the dead.


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

AFP said its photo journalist was among those killed.

Kabul chief of police Dawood Amin says the area of Kabul that was targeted includes foreign offices.

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

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks.

The local Islamic State (IS) group affiliate and the more firmly established Taliban carry out regular attacks around the country, with the Taliban usually targeting the government and security forces and IS targeting the Shia minority. Both groups want to establish strict Islamic rule in Afghanistan. Agencies

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