US Service Member Killed, Another Wounded in Afghanistan


Nine journalists were killed in suicide bombings in the capital, Kabul.

Among those killed were two RFE/RL journalists, a woman training to become an RFE/RL reporter, and AFP's chief photographer in Kabul.

In a separate attack in Khost province, which borders Pakistan, unidentified gunmen shot dead a BBC Pashto journalist, the BBC reported.

Yar Mohammad Tokhi, a cameraman for Tolonews, also died in the attack, as did Mashal TV reporter Salim Talash and cameraman Ali Salimi; 1TV reporter Ghazi Rasouli and cameraman Nowruz Ali; and Radio Free Europe reporters Abadullah Hananzai, Maharram Durrani and Sabawoon Kakar. He was taken by locals to hospital, where he died of his injuries.

Officials say the first blast happened near North Atlantic Treaty Organisation headquarters, Afghan government buildings, and several embassies.

The second explosion was meant to hit those rushing to the scene of the attack to help the victims of the first blast.

Nine were killed and several others were injured.

The bomber blew himself up whereas surrounded by reporters and emergency staff. ISIS did not provide any evidence for the claim.

"We can only honour the extraordinary strength, courage, and generosity of a photographer who covered often traumatic, horrific events with sensitivity and consummate professionalism", Leridon said. Shashdarak district is also home to the Afghan defense ministry and a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation compound, the BBC said.

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"These attacks caused untold human suffering to Afghan families", the top United Nations official in Afghanistan, Tadamichi Yamamoto, said in a statement. "I am furthermore outraged by the attack which appears to have deliberately targeted journalists", he added.

He said the second attacker was on foot, in a crowd of reporters that had rushed to the scene of the first attack, pretending to be one of the media.

Marai began working for the agency as a driver in 1995, the agency said; the same year the Taliban seized power.

"This is a devastating blow, for the fearless staff of our close-knit Kabul bureau and the entire agency".

He leaves behind six children, including a newborn daughter. "I don't dare to take my children for a walk", he wrote.

Prior to Monday's blasts, the deadliest attack on the media in recent years was in 2016, when seven employees of popular TV channel Tolo were killed in a Taliban suicide bombing.

"Actions like this one only strengthen our steadfast commitment to the people of Afghanistan", said General John Nicholson, the commander of USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces in Afghanistan.

US Ambassador John Bass responded to the attack by restating the US resolve to combat terrorists in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan's president, Ashraf Ghani, condemned the bombings, which took place in Kabul's Shash Darak neighborhood where the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation headquarters, foreign embassies, and the Afghan intelligence service are based, according to The Associated Press.