Fears of more attacks in Afghanistan

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The double Kabul bombing claimed a total of 25 lives and wounded at least 45.

The report also notes that in the two months between December 15, 2017 to February 15, 2018, the United Nations "recorded an average of 55.9 security incidents per day - almost four incidents per day higher than the same period two years ago".

The numbers of the Afghan security forces fell by almost 11 per cent in the past year, the United States government's top watchdog on Afghanistan said yesterday, an indication of the difficulty Kabul will have in dealing with its precarious security situation.

"... targeting journalists goes beyond imagination, these are attacks against which we want to react extremely and strongly and not just convey our condolences to the people of Afghanistan, but ensure them that all should be done for this kind of outrage not to be repeated", said Mayaudon.

When news first came of the assault, Mattis said that the weakened militants were targeting journalists in order to undermine the electoral process ahead of an expected vote in October.

"This is the normal stuff by people who can not win at the ballot box, so they turn to bombs", he said when asked about the day of bloodshed.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also condemned the "barbaric attack".

It said 36 media workers have been killed in Afghanistan in attacks by the Islamic State group or the Taliban since 2016. Later on Monday, the BBC confirmed that one of its reporters, 29-year-old Ahmad Shah, was killed in a separate attack in eastern Khost province, near the border with Pakistan.


Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced in February that the government is willing to hold peace talks with the Taliban without preconditions if the Taliban stops committing acts of terror and accepts the Afghan constitution.

The war in Afghanistan, America's first and most enduring foray into the Forever Wars, continues to go poorly, according to a quarterly report to Congress from the Special Inspector General Report for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) published on April 30.

Over the past week, eleven journalists and cameramen have been killed in Afghanistan.

The U.S. also has stepped up air strikes against insurgents this year, with the highest amount of mentions dropped since reporting began in 2013.

In 2002, he became a full-time photo stringer, rising through the ranks to become the bureau's chief photographer.

Marai, 41, left behind six children, including a newborn daughter.

"This tragedy reminds us of the danger that our teams continually face on the ground and the essential role journalists play for democracy", AFP's CEO Fabrice Fries said.

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