September 2018 Kabul attacks

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September 2018 Kabul bombing
Part of the War in Afghanistan (2001–present)
LocationKabul, Kabul Province, Afghanistan
Date6 September 2018 (2018-09-06)
6 p.m. local time
TargetShia Hazaras
Attack type
Suicide bombing (first attack), Car bombing (second attack)

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,[2] left at least 20 people dead and 70 others wounded, the deadliest attack on Kabul's Shia since the 15 August suicide bombing.[3] The responsibility for the attacks was claimed by ISIL.[1][2]


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.[1]

The witnesses said on social media that the attacker killed the club guards before blowing himself up inside the club.[2]


The toll were initially reported to be 20 killed and 70 injured[3] 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.[4] Tolo News, a private broadcaster, said two of its "best journalists",[2] Samim Faramarz, 28 and Ramiz Ahmadi, 23 were killed in the second attack [1] and NAI said at least four other journalists were among the wounded people also in the second attack.[3] 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.[2]

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  1. ^ a b c d Popalzai, Ehsan; Wilkinson, Bard. "Two journalists among 20 killed in wrestling club blasts in Kabul". CNN. Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Afghanistan: Two journalists among 20 killed in Kabul blasts". Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Staff (5 September 2018). "At least 20 people killed in separate bombings at Kabul wrestling club". The Guardian. Agence France-Presse. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Death toll of ISIL suicide bombing targeting Shia in Kabul raised to 30 Martyrs and 91 wounded" (in Persian). Tasnim. Tasnim News Agency. Retrieved 7 September 2018.