Saleem Talash

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Saleem Talash, a reporter for Mashal TV, 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 Talash, the Afghan television channel TOLO News reported.

Talash 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.

Talash worked for Mashal TV for two years, TOLO News reported. Shortly before the second bomb exploded, Talash texted friends warning them against using the road close to the scene of the first blast, according to TOLO News.

According to the report, not long before his death Talash was engaged to be married.