September 2018 Kabul attacks

Deaths 26
Location Kabul, Kabul Province, Afghanistan
Injured 91
Date 6 September 2018 (2018-09-06) 6 p.m. local time
Criminal penalty Unknown

Introduction

Two bombings on 5 September 2018 at the Maiwand Wrestling Club in Qala-e-Nazer in Dasht-e-Barchi, a predominantly Hazara neighborhood of western Kabul, left at least 20 people dead and 70 others wounded, the deadliest attack on Kabul's Shia since the 15 August suicide bombing. The responsibility for the attacks was claimed by ISIL.


Attacks

In the first attack a suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest around 6 p.m. local time at the Maiwand Wrestling Club. The second explosion took place when a car packed with explosives was detonated by the time emergency services, journalists and police had gathered at the scene.

The witnesses said on social media that the attacker killed the club guards before blowing himself up inside the club.


Casualties

The toll were initially reported to be 20 killed and 70 injured but a later report by the deputy spokesman for the Ministry of Interior of Afghanistan said that the casualties had increased to 26 dead and 91 injured. Tolo News, a private broadcaster, said two of its "best journalists", Samim Faramarz, 28 and Ramiz Ahmadi, 23 were killed in the second attack and NAI said at least four other journalists were among the wounded people also in the second attack. Hashmat Stanekzai, the Kabul police spokesman, said the second explosion came when police were helping victims and as a result some of officers were wounded.

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