The second Kabul bomber disguised himself as a journalist and detonated himself among the crowd, police said, in what Reporters Without Borders said was the most lethal single attack on the media since the fall of the Taleban.
The killing of Afghan journalist Abdul Manan Arghand, by unknown armed men in Kandahar last week, the targeted killing of nine journalists by Daesh in Kabul on Monday and the killing of BBC Pashto reporter Ahmad Shah also on Monday has been a devastating blow to the Afghan media community.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he was "outraged" by the suicide blasts, which were claimed by the Islamic State (IS) extremist group and left another 49 people wounded. He said the USA goal is to strengthen Afghan security forces enough to convince insurgents that they can not win on the battlefield.
As for munitions, the first quarter of 2018 saw 1,186 bombs dropped, "the highest number recorded for this period since reporting began in 2013, and. over two and a half times the amount dropped in the first quarter of 2017", SIGAR states. But we will not stop, we will continue. "But we stand against such barbaric acts".
It was one of several fatal incidents on Monday.
As the Pentagon asserts that Afghan troops and US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces are making steady progress in the 16.5-year-old Afghanistan war, a U.S. watchdog on Tuesday warned that the Taliban and other insurgent groups are gaining control over increasing numbers of the Afghan population and the strength of local security forces has declined sharply.
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In 2016, seven employees of popular TV channel Tolo were killed in a Taliban suicide bombing. "Who are mainly composed of young and educated people and they think they have a social responsibility to work and keep going", Kawa added.
The regional program director of the Committee to Protect Journalists released a statement on the bombing, calling it "a reminder of the extreme dangers to media workers" in Afghanistan.
"Since yesterday evening I have received a lot of phone calls asking me to quit, "please leave your job or it will take you from us", Hassani told AFP.
"I dont know thats been the message from this building, I would not subscribe to that", he said in response to a question.