21 killed, 27 wounded in twin blasts in Kabul: police


Kabul, April 30 (TNS): At least 21 people were killed, including Agence France-Presse chief photographer Shah Marai and three other journalists, when two suicide blasts ripped through Kabul early Monday, the health ministry has confirmed.

At least 27 people were wounded and rushed to a hospital, where some are in critical condition, spokesman Wahid Majroh told Tolo news, warning the toll could rise. The second explosion came minutes after the first and targeted reporters who were on the scene, police spokesman Kabul Hashmat Stanikzai told media.

“The second explosion took place in the same area. We do not know the nature of the blast, but it is the same location,” interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish told media.

The first blast was detonated by an assailant on a motorcycle and left at least four dead and five injured, according to the interior ministry.

The initial attack occurred shortly before 8:00 am (0330 GMT) near the headquarters of the Afghan intelligence services Danish said.