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    Two Suicide Blasts Hit Kabul, 25 People Killed, Including 8 Journalists

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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Journalists gathered to cover an explosion that had struck the Afghan capital earlier, when another deadly blast occurred.

    A spokesperson for the health ministry confirmed that 8 journalists, including an AFP photographer, are among 25 people killed in double suicide blasts in the Afghan capital. The injured toll from the Kabul attack stands at 45, according to city's police spokesman.

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    According to French news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP), the second explosion in Kabul had claimed the life of one of its photographers, Shah Marai. The agency also said that journalists of TOLOnews, 1TV and Al Jazeera were also among the casualties of the blast. 

    The Daesh terrorist groups has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

    Afghanistan's President Asharf Ghani has vehemently condemned the terrorist attacks in Kabul, calling the blasts, which targeted "innocent civilians, worshippers inside the mosques, national and democratic processes, reporters and freedom of speech," "war crimes."

    Later in the day, the BBC confirmed that its reporter, Ahmad Shah, had been killed in the eastern Afghan province of Khost, following two suicide blasts in the capital that claimed lives of 8 journalists.

    "This is a devastating loss and I send my sincere condolences to Ahmad Shah’s friends and family and the whole BBC Afghan team. We are doing all we can to support his family at this very difficult time," the broadcaster wrote in its Twitter account.

    The first explosion took place early on Monday in the Shashdarak area of the Afghan capital close to intelligence service buildings and foreign diplomatic missions. The blast left four people dead and injured five, according to the Afghan Interior Ministry's spokesman.

    Half an hour later, a second explosion occured beside journalists who had gathered to report on the first blast.

    Earlier in the day, a police officer was reportedly killed and five persons injured following a mine explosion in the country's Nangarhar province.

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