The NATO Senior Civilian Representative to Afghanistan Cornelius Zimmermann reaffirmed the alliance’s support to Afghanistan after twin bombings in Kabul left several people dead, including journalists and athletes.

“The NATO Senior Civilian Representative for Afghanistan, Ambassador Cornelius Zimmermann, strongly condemns the barbaric twin attacks that claimed many precious lives in the west of Kabul last night, amongst them sportsmen, journalists and other civilians,” a statement released by NATO’s Senior Civilian Representative’s office stated.

The statement further added “He expresses his deepest sympathies and condolences with the bereaved families and wishes a swift recovery for the wounded. NATO stands firm with Afghanistan, as our Afghan partners continue to fight terrorism and pursue lasting peace for all Afghans.”

The Ministry of interior (MoI) says the death toll from a coordinated suicide attack in capital Kabul has climbed to at least 26 people.

Deputy spokesman for the Ministry of Interior Nusrat Rahimi said at least 91 people have also sustained injuries in the two back to back suicide attacks.

The first explosion took place at around 6pm local time on Wednesday after a suicide bomber detonated his explosives inside a wrestling club.

The second blast took place almost 40 minutes after people had gathered in the area to help the victims.