Monday’s twin bombings in Kabul city, that claimed the lives of a number of journalists, was widely condemned by Afghan leaders and foreign stakeholders.
At least 29 people, including journalists, were killed in the explosions that happened during rush hour on Monday morning.
CEO Abdullah Abdullah said on Twitter “I am very saddened by the terrorist attack on civilians and journalists in Kabul today. Attack on media is attack on democracy and an effort to silence the voice of voiceless. I condemn today's terrorist attacks and wish speedy recoveries for those wounded.”
The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) also condemned the attacks in the heavily populated area.
UNAMA said the second attack was timed 30 minutes after the first bombing and targeted journalists arriving on the scene and emergency services personnel.
“These attacks caused untold human suffering to Afghan families; UNAMA condemns them in the strongest possible terms,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA.
“I am furthermore outraged by the attack which appears to have deliberately targeted journalists; this attack, coming just ahead of World Press Freedom Day, is a direct assault on freedom of expression,” said Yamamoto.
“There is no justification whatsoever for such attacks,” said the UN envoy.
“Those who have organized and enabled these attacks must be brought to justice and held to account.”
NATO’s senior civilian representative Cornelius Zimmermann issued a statement saying he condemned “today's cowardly attacks on civilians and journalists in Kabul.”
Resolute Support commander Gen. John Nicholson said in a statement: “We condemn in the strongest terms possible the cowardly attacks in Kabul today by two suicide bombers that killed and injured Afghan forces and innocent Afghan citizens, including Afghan journalists.
“We offer our sincere condolences to the families of those killed and wounded, and we stand with our Afghan partners in defeating those who would threaten the people of this country, whose caries for peace are being ignored,” he said.
“Make no mistake, the enemies of Afghanistan cannot win,” Nicholson said.
“Actions like this only strengthen our steadfast commitment to the people of Afghanistan,” he added.
In a Tweet from the US embassy, they said: "The United States strongly condemns today’s savage bombings in Kabul. We extend our deepest condolences to the families, friends, and colleagues of all the victims, including a number of brave journalists among the dead and injured," the statement said.
"Where media are in danger, all other human rights are under greater threat. We stand with the people and government of Afghanistan in their fight against terrorism and commend the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces for their continuous efforts to keep Afghanistan safe in the face of such cowardly attacks," the US statement added.
The UK embassy also tweeted and said it “strongly condemns the attacks in Kabul today. Loss of life of civilians and journalists is a tragedy. The UK remains committed to supporting Afghanistan in the face of these atrocities.”
This comes after a suicide bomber detonated explosives at about 8am in Shashdarak in Kabul city. About 20 minutes later, a second suicide bomber, detonated his explosives among journalists covering the scene of the first incident.
A number of journalists were among those killed.