Abadullah Hananzai

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Abadullah Hananzai, a video journalist with U.S.-funded RFE/RL’s Radio Azadi, was killed in a double suicide bomb attack on April 30, 2018, in Kabul, Afghanistan, that left over 25 dead, among them at least nine journalists including Hananzai, RFE/RL reported.

Hananzai was killed in the second blast, in which the attacker disguised himself as a media worker and detonated his explosives in a group of reporters, CPJ documented.

Kabul police said the bomber deliberately targeted the press.

The extremist group Islamic State issued an online statement the same day that claimed responsibility for the attacks, which also injured at least 45 people, according to The Associated Press.

Hananzai, 26, had recently reported on drug addiction in Afghanistan and the Interior Ministry’s attempts to crackdown on international narcotics trafficking out of the country, according to RFE/RL.

Hananzai was about to celebrate his first wedding anniversary, RFE/RL reported. His last public Facebook post on April 25, 2018, was a tribute to his former colleague Abdul Manan Arghand, a journalist who had been shot dead by unknown gunmen the previous week.