Afghanistan: Deadly blasts target Kabul sports club

Afghanistan: Deadly blasts target Kabul sports club

The area has frequently been targeted by attacks claimed by Islamic State, a militant Sunni group.

The first explosion was triggered by a suicide bomber and was followed by a auto bomb shortly after, said interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish.

Two journalists from the Tolo news channel were killed and four others injured by the auto bomb.

An explosion ripped through a wrestling gym in Qala-e-Nazer in Kabul's PD6 on Wednesday evening killing at least four people.

As many as 150 people were inside the hall in the heavily Shia neighbourhood at the time of the attack, said club manager Pahlawan Shir.

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After a suicide bomber killed four people in the club, a second bomber in a vehicle attacked emergency services responding to the incident. At least 11 were killed in the first six months of the year, the Afghan Journalists Safety Committee said in a report, describing the period as the "bloodiest".

A reporter and a cameraman from Afghanistan's largest broadcaster, Tolo News, were killed in the second blast and four other local television crew were wounded, according to NAI, a group supporting open media in Afghanistan.

The bomber "detonated inside where a large number of athletes had gathered". The blasts claimed the lives of at least 26 people and injured many others.

The attack underlined the danger in Kabul as elections approach in October as well as the threat facing the Hazaras, a Persian-speaking minority that has long faced discrimination and which has borne the brunt of attacks claimed by Islamic State in Kabul.

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