More Than 40 Dead And Dozens Injured After Bombing In Kabul

Trevor Jackson
December 29, 2017

According to a report this month by media freedom group Reporters without Borders, Afghanistan is among the world's most unsafe countries for media workers with two journalists and five media assistants killed doing their jobs in 2017, before Thursday's attack.

"This gruesome attack underscores the dangers faced by Afghan civilians", Reuters reported rights group Amnesty International saying in a statement from its South Asia Director, Biraj Patnaik.

In Kabul, security officials said the explosion was caused by a suicide bomber who approached the agency's entrance on foot before blowing himself up.

He said one reporter at the agency had been killed and one injured.

The bomb reportedly killed dozens of students after exploding near the offices of a news agency.

Afghan Journalists Safety Committee condemned the attack "in the strongest terms possible", writing on Twitter.

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The incident follows an attack on a private television station in Kabul last month.

This makes Afghanistan the second most unsafe country for reporters in the world after Syria. Women and children were among the dead at the center, which accounted for the vast majority of the casualties.

Islamic State has expanded its presence in Afghanistan since it first appeared in the region in 2015.

The organization, however, said that Afghanistan's constitution guaranteed freedom of information and stated it was the only country in the world to have created "committees for the safety of journalists" with representatives of the state and journalists' associations.

The attack took place at about 10.30am local time. The numbers marked a 35 percent increase over the same period past year.

'It is said that target of attack was media center & education facility.

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