Multiple suicide Attacks in Kabul leave almost a dozen dead journalists, scores wounded
May 1, 2018 | Brainwave Science
A string of deadly large-scale bombings and assaults have struck the Kabul and other Afghan cities in 2018. On the 30th of April, at least 29 people, including 10 journalists, were killed and 39 others injured in 2 suicide blasts claimed already by ISIS.
The explosions occurred during the morning rush hour in Kabul, according to police and health officials. The Afghan affiliate of the ISIS militant group calls itself IS of Khorasan Province, an archaic name for a central Asian region that includes modern-day Afghanistan. The Police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai stated that “The first blast was carried out by a suspected suicide bomber riding a motorcycle who targeted government employees in the Shash Darak area inside the supposedly highly secure green zone of the city at around 8am.” and “The second attack was carried out by a suicide bomber among journalists and security forces who had gathered near the site of the first blast.” The second blast location is just a few minutes’ drive from the office of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) — the Afghan intelligence agency — and several other government offices and embassies. Saifulrahman Ayar, a journalist who was at the scene, told the Guardian the second attacker was disguised as a journalist and held a camera. “I was near the blast site when the office called me and [asked me] to cover the incident. It was minutes after the first explosion, I was meters away when the second explosion occurred among the journalists,” he said. Agence France-Presse’s (AFP) Chief photographer, Shah Marai was among the victims. The Afghanistan Federation of Journalists has demanded the United Nations (UN) an investigation stating, “This terrorist attack is a war crime and an organized attack on the Afghan media,” and “The attack in the heart of Kabul and in the Green Zone indicates a serious lack of security by the government.”
There was another suicide bombing some hours later in the southern Kandahar province, but responsibility has not been claimed. There were killed 11 students of a religious seminary and injured 5 Romanian soldiers. According to the Police spokesman Mati Ullah, “The target was a convoy of Romanian soldiers in the Damaan district.”
UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) strongly condemned today’s attacks. “I am furthermore outraged by the attack which appears to have deliberately targeted journalists; this attack, coming just ahead of World Press Freedom Day, is a direct assault on freedom of expression,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the secretary-general’s special representative for Afghanistan and head of the UNAMA. He added the people who organized and enabled these attacks must be brought to justice.
Back in 2016, the biggest attack on Afghan media until now took place – 7 journalists of Tolo News were killed in an attack claimed by the Taliban. Unfortunately, attacks on the freedom of speech still have a purpose to Islamic State. Intelligence Agencies and Law Enforcement authorities should note that journalists are priority targets for terrorist cells. This demonstrates the urgent need of preventing such actions instead of reacting. With Parliamentary elections in October rise in such attacks is anticipated by Security Agencies. Afghanistan is in a tight spot on one side Taliban has dismissed an offer for peace talks by President Ashraf Ghani and on another side these new IS affiliated outfits that seem to be gaining ground. How can Local Afghan Security Forces as well as NATO-backed Afghan force, prevent these deadly attacks and stay a step ahead of these terrorist groups?
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