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2 journalists, 2 athletes among victims killed in Kabul Airport terror attack

 At least 170 Afghans and 13 US soldiers were killed and about 200 people wounded in the suicide blast.

2 journalists, 2 athletes among victims killed in Kabul Airport terror attack-dnm
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Kabul, First Published Aug 29, 2021, 4:37 PM IST
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Kabul: The deadly suicide bomb attacks at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul that claimed over 180 lives, included two journalists, including a female TV anchor and two athletes.  

Citing an independent Afghan media group Afghanistan Journalists Center (AFJC), Xinhua reported on Sunday that Ali Reza Ahmadi, a reporter for Raha News Agency and Najma Sadeqi, former presenter at Jahan-e-Sihat TV channel were killed in Thursday's airport attack.

Two Afghan national-level athletes - Mohammad Jan Sultani in taekwondo and Idrees in wushu – were also among those killed in Kabul Airport attack, reported 1TVNewsAF.

At least 170 Afghans and 13 US soldiers were killed and about 200 people wounded in the suicide blast that hit an eastern airport gate when huge crowds were waiting for evacuation flights, reported Xinhua.

The Islamic State- Khorasan (ISIS-K), a local affiliate of the Islamic State, claimed responsibility for the attack and the victims have mostly been women and children.

Also read: Taliban caps bank withdrawals limit to $200 per week in Afghanistan

In the past two decades, over 100 journalists have been killed in Afghanistan, making the Asian country one of the most dangerous countries for journalists.

In July, Pulitzer Prize-winning Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui working for an international news agency Reuters, was killed while reporting in Kandahar. Siddiqui was travelling along with the Afghan Special Forces and had been reporting on their operations against the Taliban in the region.

Meanwhile, thousands of Afghan nationals still throng to the airport, while hundreds are camped outside the perimeter of the airport in desperate attempts to escape on the last flights out as the Taliban deadline of August 31 approaches.

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