Twin attacks in Afghan capital kill 20

14 Killed In Twin Blasts At Wrestling Club In Kabul

Twin bombings at a wrestling training center in a predominately Shi'ite neighborhood of Afghanistan's capital has killed at least 20 people and wounded 70 others, the Interior Ministry says.

According to the newspaper, a suicide bomber blew himself up among police and local officials near the building of the sports club. A 10th journalist was killed the same day, shot in eastern Khost province.

The Taliban militants group in Afghanistan has rejected involvement in last evening's coordinated attack in Kabul city that left scores of people dead or wounded. An Afghan security source confirmed the numbers.

The attack bore the hallmarks of the Islamic State group, which carried out many bombings against Shiites in recent years.

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for that attack. I was searching for my coach, I have finally found him in the ... hospital. He said two Afghan reporters were among those wounded.

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This year, 12 died in the violence, including two in Wednesday's attack.

The first explosion was triggered by a suicide bomber and was followed by a vehicle bomb shortly after, said interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish. He did not see the suicide bomber enter the room, but he felt the "flying shrapnel" as it pierced his abdomen.

At least 22 people were killed in the attacks, all civilians.

"This latest cynical act of terror targeting ordinary citizens of Kabul, along with first responders and journalists, is deeply shocking", Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistan, said in a statement.

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