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Double suicide bombing in Kabul kills dozens

Today, April 30th 2018, a double suicide bombing targeted Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, during rush hour killing at least 29 and injuring a further 45.

Eight journalists and four police are among those killed. The journalists were killed in the second bombing after rushing to the scene of the first blast. The second bomber was reported to have been posing as a journalist.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, which took place in Shash Darak area, where a number of foreign embassies are situated.

Only last Sunday, April 22nd 2018, over 170 were killed and injured in an ISIS suicide attack which targeted a voter registration centre in Kabul.

Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) records casualties (i.e. people killed and injured) from explosive violence around the world as reported in English-language news sources.

Last year, AOAV recorded 5,661 deaths and injuries in Afghanistan, of which 55% (3,119) were civilians. The number of civilians killed and injured increased 42% last year, compared to 2016. Further, Afghanistan was the country worst impacted by suicide attacks in 2017.

It was the worst year AOAV had ever recorded for civilian harm from explosive weapons in Afghanistan. 

AOAV calls on all states to urgently address the threat of IED attacks. There is an urgent need for preventative measures to be implemented by States and the international community.