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Twin ISIL suicide blasts kill 29 in Afghanistan’s Kabul

30 Apr, 2018 17:35:00

At least 29 people, including nine journalists, have been killed and dozens wounded after two explosions hit Kabul, according to Afghan health officials.

The blasts went off during rush hour on Monday morning in the Shash Darak area of the Afghan capital.

Al Jazeera's Jennifer Glasse, reporting from Kabul, said the armed group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) claimed responsibility for the attack.

In the first explosion, a suicide bomber detonated himself close to the National Directorate of Security (NDS), the main Afghan intelligence agency, TOLO News quoted an interior ministry spokesman as saying.

In another explosion that followed 20 minutes later, a second suicide bomber targeted emergency medical workers and journalists who had arrived at the scene.

Al Jazeera's Glasse said the second suicide bomber was dressed as a journalist. 

The Afghan Journalists Safety Committee reported that nine journalists who rushed to cover the aftermath of the first explosion were killed in the second blast. 

A spokesperson for the Afghan health ministry said the attacks killed at least 29 people and wounded 49 others, according to TOLO News. 

AFP news agency reported that its chief photographer in Kabul, Shah Marai, was among the fatalities.