At least 20 people killed in separate bombings at Kabul wrestling club

An injured boy is held up outside a hospital following a deadly attack in Kabul Afghanistan Sept. 5 2018. AP

An injured boy is held up outside a hospital following a deadly attack in Kabul Afghanistan Sept. 5 2018. AP

The Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, said in a statement: "An attack on civilians and media workers of the country is an attack on freedom of speech and a crime against humanity".

As many as 150 people were inside the hall in the heavily Shia neighbourhood at the time of the attack, said club manager Pahlawan Shir. "He is in a critical condition".

People who claimed to have witnessed the attack said the bomber killed the guards at the club before blowing himself up inside.

An Afghan policeman shot dead at least eight fellow officers, burned their bodies and took their weapons to join Taliban militants, provincial officials said on Thursday, adding to the toll from dozens of insider attacks in this year alone.

The bomber "detonated inside where a large number of athletes had gathered".

In a post on Twitter, Tolo's head, Lotfullah Najafizada, said the outlet had lost two of its best journalists.

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In April, 2017 a suicide bomber targeted journalists covering an attack in central Kabul, killing nine.

IS said it was behind that attack, which drew worldwide condemnation and came amid a wave of deadly violence across the country.

Al Jazeera's Jennifer Glasse, reporting from Kabul, said the second bomb appeared to target first responders and journalists.

Yesterday, twin bombings in Kabul killed 21 people, including two local TV reporters.

Among the dead was AFP chief photographer Shah Marai.

In mid-August, at least 34 people were killed in a suicide attack in front of an education centre in Dasht-e-Barchi, west of Kabul.

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