KABUL: Twin blasts in the Afghan capital killed at least 20 people, including two local journalists on Wednesday, officials and journalists reported.
The first attack was conducted by a suicide bomber and targeted a wrestling gym in an area of Dashte Barchi, a Shia-dominated part of the city where spectators had converged to watch a competition.
Most of the casualties were caused in that attack, interior ministry officials said.
Nasrat Rahimi, a ministry spokesman, said that more than 70 people were wounded in the first event.
As officials and residents dealt with the evacuation of casualties, a car bomb went off a little distance way, killing two journalists and wounding five more, Mujib Khelwatgar, an official with a media group, told reporters.
The private Tolo News said that the two dead journalists belonged to its station.
Wednesday’s attacks resembled one conducted months ago outside an intelligence agency in Kabul where journalists covering the first attack fell victim to the second blast. Eight journalists were killed.
In Wednesday’s first attack, the bomber shot dead a guard at the gym before entering the facility where scores of spectators had gathered to watch a match, Rahimi said.
The attacks come weeks after a suicide bomber targeted an educational center, killing nearly 50 underage students. Affiliates of Daesh have claimed responsibility for all of the attacks, which have targeted Shiites in recent years in Afghanistan.