A suicide attack by the Islamic State against one of Afghanistan’s most popular Pashto-language TV stations killed at least two people in the heart of the capital on Tuesday.

The bomber detonated his explosives at the gates of the building, killing one security guard, while one of the three assailants slipped into the compound and killed an employee. At least 20 people were injured in the attack.

The militants, who wore police uniforms, battled for three hours with security forces, forcing the station to halt its broadcast and filling Kabul with the sound of gunfire and explosions. Shamshad TV was back on the air within hours, however, with one presenter appearing with bandaged hands.

The Islamic State claimed the assault through its online Amaq News Agency.


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