Kandahar governor spokesman Said Aziz Ahmad Azizi confirmed the casualty toll. The second attacker then detonated his explosives while still among the reporters, according to police.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres is "outraged" by attacks in Afghanistan that killed dozens of people including children and journalists, his office said Monday. His government has appointed a freedom of expression ambassador and called on government agencies to allow better access to information.
In a separate attack, also on Monday, BBC reporter Ahmad Shah, 29, was shot dead in an attack in the eastern Afghan province of Khost.
The organization noted that five journalists were also wounded.
Asserting that there have been a number of attacks that have been stopped, he regretted that the terrorist groups have gotten through on a few occasions, and in some cases they are targeting the locations where voting will either be going on or registration for polls is being coordinated. The journalists killed in Kabul included a BBC reporter and a famous photographer. I came back with my bike, like an ordinary guy, a scarf wrapped around my hand to hide my camera.
The Taliban said the offensive was partly a response to US President Donald Trump's new strategy for Afghanistan announced last August, which gave US forces more leeway to go after insurgents. "Those responsible for such crimes must be swiftly brought to justice", the UN chief said. A final year student who had joined Radio Azadi as a producer on a women's programme just a week earlier, she had stopped off at the site on her way to work in case she could help, said Hameed Momand, head of Radio Azadi in Kabul.
AFP's global news director Michele Leridon said in a statement, "We can only honor the strength, the courage and the generosity of a photographer who covered often traumatizing events with sensitivity and professionalism".
In a statement online, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, "The Sultanate condemns the two bombings in the Afghan capital, Kabul yesterday". He explained his worries and uncertainty about the future: "Life seems to be even more difficult than under the Taliban because of the insecurity". Nai reports that it was the deadliest year on record and an increase from 14 deaths in 2016. "It is high time that the UN send a strong signal to the international community and to local protagonists by appointing a Special Representative for the protection of journalists".
The group first emerged in 2014, as the U.S. and NATO were wrapping up their combat mission in the country, and has steadily expanded its footprint since then. Both groups want to establish strict Islamic rule in Afghanistan. Six other journalists were injured in the explosion. That attack killed 31 people and wounded 65 others.
Afghan security forces are seen at the site of the second blast in Kabul, Afghanistan April 30, 2018. A coordinated double suicide bombing hit central Kabul on Monday morning.
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