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Kabul Korrespondence

Fresh, factual, and funky view of Afghanistan and the surrounding Central Asian region

Aussies hurt in Afghan blast

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Paul Bibby
April 30, 2008

TWO Australian journalists were wounded in a suicide bombing that killed about 15 people in Afghanistan yesterday, just two days after an Australian commando was killed in battle.

Freelance photographers Stephen Dupont, 41, and Paul Rafael, 64, were injured when the bomber struck during an anti-drugs meeting in the town of Khogyani in the eastern province of Nangarhar, the ABC reported.

A witness reported that the bomber was a young boy.

The Department of Foreign Affairs would not confirm the names of the journalists last night, but a department spokeswoman said one of the men was seriously injured and was flown to a US military hospital. The other was treated at the scene.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing.

"Locals were sitting on the ground as the district authorities … were talking to them, saying they should not grow opium," the man said. "I saw a young boy who was carrying white papers wandering around the crowd … all of a sudden I saw a big, red flame from among the crowd where the boy was standing and a big explosion followed."

Dupont is one of Australia's leading photo-journalists. He has won a series of prestigious international awards, including several World Press Photo awards.

On Sunday, Australian commando Lance Corporal Jason Marks became the fifth Australian killed during the conflict in Afghanistan. He was shot dead in Oruzgan province when his security detachment engaged a group of Taliban fighters.

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