Friday 20 September 2019

Two killed as militants attack Afghan TV station

Afghan security personnel rescue a man from the Shamshad TV building (AP)
Afghan security personnel rescue a man from the Shamshad TV building (AP)
The Shamshad TV building after an attack in Kabul (AP)

Two attackers including a suicide bomber have struck a local TV station in Kabul, killing at least two guards, officials said.

The Islamic State group quickly claimed the assault.

Najib Danish, spokesman for the interior ministry, said the two casualties were a male and a female security guard at Shamshad TV.

"There were two attackers and both have been killed," Mr Danish said shortly after the attack, adding that police had sealed off the station and were combing the premises.

He said officers rescued some of the TV staff as the attack was unfolding.

Wahid Mujro, spokesman for the public health ministry, said 21 people wounded in the attack were taken to hospital.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid denied involvement in the attack.

The Islamic State-linked Aamaq news outlet said IS was behind the attack, reported the SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks militant postings.

Afghanistan's IS affiliate has carried out several attacks in recent years, mainly targeting the country's Shiite minority, which the Sunni extremists view as apostates.

The IS affiliate is largely made up of disenchanted insurgents who left the much larger and more well-established Taliban.

Last Tuesday, an IS suicide bomber struck near the US embassy in Kabul, killing five and wounding at least 20 in a heavily guarded area housing several diplomatic missions and the offices of international organisations.


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