TWIN ATTACKS IN AFGHAN CAPITAL KILL 20.
September 5th 2018.
Afghan officials say a suicide bombing and a car bomb attack at a wrestling training center in a Shiite neighborhood of the capital have killed at least 20 people and wounded 70.
In Wednesday’s first attack, a man entered a wrestling club as a match was under way and detonated an explosives vest hidden under his clothes, Kabul police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai said.
Minutes later, as police, rescue workers and reporters converged on the street outside the club and pedestrians were beginning to ferry the wounded to nearby hospitals, a second blast erupted. It wasn’t immediately known how the second attack was carried out.
Among those killed in the second explosion were Samim Faramarz, a reporter for Tolo news, and his cameraman, Ramiz Ahmadi, the station said. They were reporting live from the scene when the television screen went black, one viewer said.
No one immediately claimed the attacks, but they bore the hallmarks of the country's Islamic State affiliate, which has carried out a wave of deadly bombings against minority Shiites.
A Health Ministry official said at least 20 people were killed in the attacks.
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