KABUL, Afghanistan — Coordinated bombings in Kabul during morning rush hour on Monday killed or wounded dozens of people, including emergency workers and journalists who had reached the site of the first explosion, officials said.
Wahid Majrooh, a spokesman for the Afghan Health Ministry, said the estimated toll was 21 dead and 40 wounded so far. Officials and witnesses at the scene said the final casualty figures were likely to be higher.
The first bombing happened just before 8 a.m., near a guarded street behind the American Embassy that leads to many offices, including those of the Afghan intelligence agency. The second explosion, which was described as considerably larger, hit about half an hour later, as responders had gathered near the police cordon blocking the area.
“The second explosion was big, and it was among the crowd, like reporters and government staff who were waiting to go to the office,” said Muhammad Yunus, 38, a witness. “I was very close to the second explosion; I saw dozens of bodies laying on the ground.”