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At Least 20 People Reported Killed In Kabul Twin Blasts


An injured man arrives at a hospital in Kabul following attacks at a sports center in a Shiite neighborhood of of Afghanistan's capital on September 5.

Twin bombings at a wrestling training center in a predominately Shi’ite neighborhood of Afghanistan's capital have killed at least 20 people and wounded 70 others, the Interior Ministry says.

Officials said a suicide bomber on September 5 blew himself up inside the sports hall, which is located in Dasht-e Barchi in western Kabul.

A car bomb went off nearby less than an hour later, as journalists and security forces gathered at the scene.

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

At least seven police were also among those wounded, according to Kabul's police chief, General Daud Amin.

The casualty tall was expected to rise.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the bombings, the latest in a series of assaults targeting the country's Shi'ite minority.

On August 15, a suicide bombing at an education center in Dasht-e Barchi killed dozens of students.

IS militants, who view Shi’a as apostates deserving death, claimed responsibility for that attack.

With reporting by AP, AFP, and Reuters

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