At least 20 dead as twin blasts hit Afghan capital

An injured boy is held up outside a hospital following a deadly attack in Kabul Afghanistan Sept. 5 2018. AP

An injured boy is held up outside a hospital following a deadly attack in Kabul Afghanistan Sept. 5 2018. AP

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemned Wednesday night's attack targeting civilians at a Kabul sports center which killed at least 22 civilians and wounded more than 75 others.

More than 70 others were injured in the bombings, which targeted a wrestling club in the mostly Shiite area. Two journalists from Tolo News, Afghanistan's largest private broadcaster, were among the dead.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. I was searching for my coach, I have finally found him in the ... hospital.

Afghan forces have struggled to combat both the Taliban and IS since the US and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation formally ended their combat mission in 2014.

The attacks happened in Ab Kamari district, provincial spokesman, Jamshid Shahabi said, adding that in a clash lasting several hours, 24 Taliban insurgents were killed or wounded.

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Club employee Eid Mohammad said he saw a vehicle parked near the entrance as he carried some of the dead and wounded from the building.

After nine journalists died in a single incident in April, when a suicide bomber apparently targeted them while they were covering another attack in Kabul, at least 14 journalists have now been killed in Afghanistan so far this year.

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

The Balkh journalists said such incidents should be taken seriously by government and that perpetrators should be arrested and prosecuted.

It is known for its heavy use of suicide bombers and was designated a terrorist organisation by the USA in 2012.

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