Attack Kills American Service Member in Eastern Afghanistan

Posted May 02, 2018

"Today marks one of the deadliest days on record for the media in Afghanistan and indeed around the world", CPJ Asia Program Coordinator Steven Butler said.

Hours after the attacks, the local branch of the Islamic State group posted a statement online saying two of its "martyrs" carried out an attack on the Afghan intelligence services in Kabul.

Afghan men hold chains as they wait to take part in ritual self-flagellation to celebrate the Muslim festival of Ashura, at a mosque in Kabul, Jan. 15, 2008.

The attacker presented media credentials to the police and joined a group of journalists standing near the first blast site before detonating the second explosive.

Nine journalists were killed in suicide bombings in Kabul, Afghanistan. The questions cover topics ranging from the July 2016 meeting in Trump tower to what Trump was thinking when he fired James Comey.

"The deliberate targeting of journalists in the attack highlights once again the risks media professionals face in carrying out their essential work", the UN chief said through a spokesman.

According to the Afghanistan Journalists Safety Committee, at least 80 journalists and media workers have been killed working in the country since 2001.

More serious students of America's Afghan dilemma believe that whatever Trump may say, the US is stuck there indefinitely.

Survivors and witnesses recounted scenes of mayhem.

"When the explosion happened, everywhere was covered with dust and fire, it was such a horrific scene", said Jawed Ghulam Sakhi, a 28-year-old taxi driver.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani condemned the attacks.

There was lot of enthusiasm when the registration of voters started, but the attacks have caused fear and there are reports the process has slowed down.

The CPJ coordinator added: "The attack amounts to an assault on Afghan democracy as the nation prepares for parliamentary elections scheduled for October".

Friends and family members pray next to the grave of Shah Marai Faizi during the funeral. "That document was provided to the Times by a person outside Mr. Trump's legal team". They did not elaborate further on the circumstances surrounding the casualties.

The United States and NATO officially concluded their combat mission in Afghanistan in 2014, shifting to a support role. He said police were investigating the motive.

"Five of the journalists killed worked for international media outlets", Simon said.

In other violence Monday, insurgents killed at least four Afghan policemen in an ambush in the northern Balkh province, said Sher Mohammad Abu-Tariq, the district chief in Nahri Shahi.

That was a drop of 10.6 percent compared to the same month in 2017.

Roughly 14,000 American troops are spread across Afghanistan in a war that is now in its 17th year.

In Khost province, reporter Ahmad Shah of the BBC was murdered by a gunmen.

A spokesman for the ministry of public health put the total toll at 21 dead and 27 injured.