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Islamic State Claims Responsibility For Multiple Deadly Explosions Targeting Medics and Journalists in Kabul

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ISIS has claimed responsibility for a series of deadly blasts that rocked Kabul this week and left 20 dead and another 70 or wounded.

Among the victims were journalists and medics.

And this isn’t the first time the terror group has purposely hit reporters and medical professionals. In April, ISIS claimed responsibility for attacks that left dozens dead, also in Kabul — and that included numerous journalists.

Here’s a video from the April incident:

More on the most recent attack from the Daily Caller:

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for two bombs that exploded in a heavily Shiite neighborhood of Kabul, Afghanistan, and left at least 20 dead and 70 others wounded Wednesday.

The attacks, apparently targeting emergency services and journalists, occurred in Dasht-e-Barchi, a neighborhood home to the Shiite Muslim Hazara ethnic minority, which has been targeted repeatedly in the past by ISIS, Reuters reported.

The first blast came when a suicide bomber detonated inside a wrestling training center and the second came moments after from a nearby car bomb.

In the first attack, the suicide bomber fatally shot a guard of the gym where spectators were watching a wrestling match, and then proceeded to blow himself up, officials told The Washington Post.

The second attack hit and killed a reporter and a cameraman from a local news station who had just arrived to do a live report from the scene, according to the report, and four other crew members from the station, Tolo News, were also injured.

These attacks are among a string of other deadly strikes in the region this year, and it’s proving to be one of the deadliest years since 2009 for noncombatants in Afghanistan, according to a U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) report.

Between Jan. 1 and June 30 about 1,700 noncombatants have been killed in Afghanistan.

This twin attack mirrors one from April, when at least nine journalists died from explosions at a high security zone in Kabul.

The Islamic State also claimed responsibility for those attacks.

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