Among 29 Journalists Nine killed in twin suicide blasts in Kabul: Including nine journalists, died in the two explosions on Monday morning in the Afghan capital Kabul, according to government officials. The suicide attacks took place in the central Shash Darak area, which is home to the NATO headquarters and a number of embassies in Afghanistan. The second was meant to hit those rushing to the scene of the attack to help the victims of the first blast.At least 25 people were killed, including Agence France-Presse chief photographer Shah Marai and five other journalists, when two suicide blasts ripped through Kabul on Monday, police and AFP have confirmed.
Kabul police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai said “The bomber disguised himself as a journalist and detonated himself among the crowd,” he said.
“My best memories are when I beat the competition by getting the best photographs of the president or someone else, or from the scene of a bomb attack. I like to be first.”
He leaves behind six children, including a newborn daughter.
“This is a devastating blow, for the brave staff of our close-knit Kabul bureau and the entire agency,” AFP Global News Director Michele Leridon said.
#BREAKING AFP photographer Shah Marai killed in Kabul blast
— AFP news agency (@AFP) April 30, 2018