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A Bombing in Kabul. A Photographer Dead.

A look back at the work of Afghan photographer Shah Marai.

On Monday, twin suicide bombings claimed the lives of 29 people in the Afghan capital, including that of celebrated photographer Shah Marai of the Agence France-Presse photo agency.


The first blast went off during rush hour near the National Directorate of Security, Afghanistan's intelligence agency. A second explosion followed 20 minutes later; it's believed the second bomb targeted members of the press as they arrived at the scene. According to CNN, eight journalists were killed; ISIS has claimed responsibility.


Shah Marai began working for AFP as a driver in the 1990s. His keen interest in photography and current affairs convinced the news agency to send him to France for training. When he returned to Kabul as a photographer, Marai covered breaking news events as well as daily life in the war-torn country. He left behind his wife and six children, including a newborn daughter. Here, a few of Shah Marai's memorable images.

A NEW IMAGE SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images A NEW IMAGE An Afghan woman takes a photograph with her cell phone at an election rally for Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah in Jalalabad, eastern Afghanistan, Feb. 18, 2014. WATER AMONG THE STONES SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images WATER AMONG THE STONES Afghan children who work as water vendors search for customers at the Kart-e-Sakhi cemetery in Kabul on Jan. 12, 2015. THE LAST DETAIL SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images THE LAST DETAIL An assistant sprays an Afghan bodybuilder to make him shine ahead of the "Mr. Afghanistan" bodybuilding competition in Kabul, June 3, 2015. SLEEP NOW SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images SLEEP NOW A toddler sleeps in a hammock at a refugee camp in Jalalabad, eastern Afghanistan, May 3, 2015. THE BOXER SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images THE BOXER Female Afghan boxer Sadaf Rahimi (front), 19, takes part in a boxing training session at Ghazi Stadium in Kabul, Jan. 27, 2016. Rahimi is an exception in the conservative country where women participating in sport remains a taboo. RUNNING FOR COVER SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images RUNNING FOR COVER An Afghan man flees following a blast at a Shiite cultural center in Kabul, Dec. 28, 2017. FLYING LOW AFP Contributor/AFP/Getty Images FLYING LOW An Afghan Air Force Mi-17 helicopter flies past commandos during a military exercise at the Kabul Military Training Centre on the outskirts of Kabul, Oct. 17, 2017. THE LONG WALK SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images THE LONG WALK Two burqa-clad Afghan women walk past the war damaged Darul Aman Palace in the west of Kabul, Feb. 22, 2007. AT PLAY SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images AT PLAY Afghan children play with plastic toy guns in Kabul, August 8, 2013.