10 journalists killed in suicide bombings in Kabul

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Shah Maria, well-known photo-journalist who had depicted and written about the dangers of reporting in the Afghan capital of Kabul, was among 31 people, including 10 journalists, who were killed in a series of attacks in Afghanistan on Monday.

The people involved died in suicide bombings. Shah Marai of Agence France Presse was among a group of journalists who died when a bomber disguised as a TV cameraman detonated a second bomb at the site of an earlier explosion. Both attacks were claimed by Islamic State.

In a separate incident, Ahmad Shah, a 29-year-old reporter with the BBC’s Afghan service, was shot dead by unknown gunmen in Khost province, the BBC said. Najib Sharifi, director of the Afghan Journalists Safety Committee, said Shah was on his way home when the attack took place.

In a tweet Monday, AFP’s Global News Director, Michele Leridon, honoured Marai for his “extraordinary strength, courage and generosity” and praised his “consummate professionalism” and “sensitivity” during his 15 years covering the Afghan conflict for the news agency.

A further 45 people were injured in the two incidents, and have been taken to city hospitals, according to Ministry of Public Health spokesman Wahid Majroh. 

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