UN chief outraged at terror attacks in Afghanistan: spokesman

At least 27 people were injured in the two blasts

"It would be easy to conclude that there is nothing one can do in the face of such awful terrorist attacks", Kaye said.

Local Azadi Radio said one of its reporters - Abdullah Hanazay - was killed in the attack.

The reporters had arrived to cover the initial blast in the Shashdarak area close to buildings of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) intelligence service and near to the U.S. embassy.

"This is the normal stuff by people who cannot win at the ballot box, so they turn to bombs", he said.

At least five journalists were said to be among the dead. None of the TV or radio channels were allowed to broadcast, except the state-owned Shariat Radio that served as the mouthpiece for the regime.

In all, 26 people died in the two Kabul blasts, which were claimed by Islamic State.

A police spokesman told AFP the second bomber had disguised himself as a journalist.

A 22-year veteran of Agence France Presse, Marai began his career with AFP as a driver in 1996, rising to the position of chief photographer for the agency's bureau in Kabul. Hundreds of people attended his funeral later on Monday. The suicide bomber detonated a vehicle full of explosives in Haji Abdullah Khan village of Daman district at about 11 am, killing the children at a nearby madarasa.

In 2016, seven employees of popular TV channel Tolo were killed in a Taliban suicide bombing.

Ahead of World Press Freedom Day which falls on 3 May, attacks and killings of Journalists is a "direct assault on the freedom of expression" says UN top official while Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has strongly condemned the terrorist attacks in Afghanistan.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed. The BBC called it a "devastating loss". The BBC's Ahmed Shah, 29, was killed yesterday in Khost.

It was the second attack on journalists in Afghanistan over the past one week. "I saw journalists covered with blood".

Afghan journalists are seen after a second blast in Kabul on April 30. NATO said the wounded service members, who are all in stable condition, were taken to Kandahar Airfield's hospital for treatment. According to Yahoo, Pompeo praised the slain journalists for their bravery and that "despite today's attack, the vibrant media landscape that has developed in Afghanistan will endure". "Where media are in danger, all other human rights are under greater threat".

ISIS, which dramatically stepped up its attacks in Kabul in recent months, claimed responsibility via its propaganda agency Amaq. The IS affiliate in Afghanistan first emerged in Nangarhar a few years ago, then expanded its footprint across the country. But the US had no choice but to stay in order to prevent jihadist groups filling any future vacuum, as happened in Iraq; to keep the Iranians and Russians out; and to keep Pakistan honest, stable, and in the US column.

At least 45 people were wounded, according to spokesman from Kabul police Hashmat Stanekzai.

A bombing that targeted a voter registration centre in Kabul killed 60 people last week.

Two blasts rocked Kabul city on Monday, leaving the nation shocked.

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