>> A deadly blast in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Monday. And then, when journalists arrived, a second explosion. At least 26 people are reported to have died in the rush hour attacks that have since been claimed by Islamic State. Among the dead, nine journalists. That makes this the worst death toll for media workers in a single attack in the country.
French news agency AFP confirmed on Twitter that its chief photographer in Kabul, Shah Marai, was among those killed. The reporters had arrived to cover an initial blast near the National Directorate of Security in the Shash Darak area of the city.>>
> The enemy posing as a cameraman detonated his explosives among a group of journalists in the area.
As a result of the explosion, a number of our journalists and other people who were passersby and nearby residents who had gathered at the scene were murdered and wounded.>> Seven hours later in the southern province of Kandahar, a suicide bomber drove an explosives-laden truck into a foreign military force convoy killing 11 children and injuring 16 others.
No militant group has yet claimed responsibility. The attacks come just a week after a blast at the voter registration center in Kabul killed 60 people, and in the wake of warnings by the security officials that there is an increasing risk of attacks ahead of parliamentary elections in October.
st week, the Taliban which is fighting to restore their strict interpretation of Islamic law to Afghanistan, announced their usual spring offensive. And there has been heavy fighting in several parts of the country ever since.