More Than 40 Dead And Dozens Injured After Bombing In Kabul

29 December, 2017, 02:08 | Author: Diane Mills
  • Kabul blast: US condemns attack, vows to 'work closely' with Afghanistan to hunt down terrorists

The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for the attack, according to an online statement by the group's Amaq news agency.

The centre is near to the Afghan Voice Agency, a media outlet which earlier reports had suggested could be the target.

In May, ISIL claimed an attack targetting an Afghan state television building in Jalalabad that killed six people.

"I have little doubt that this attack deliberately targeted civilians".

Sayed Abbas Hussaini, a journalist at the agency, said there appeared to have been more than one explosion during the attack, following an initial blast at the entrance to the compound.

"A ceremony was being held to mark the 38th anniversary of Soviet-invasion in Afghanistan when the explosion went off", deputy interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi told AFP.

Wahid Mujro, spokesman for the public health ministry, says the toll is at 41 killed and 84 wounded.

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"There were two explosions".

The bomb reportedly killed dozens of students after exploding near the offices of a news agency.

Eight women and 74 men were injured in the attack, the minister of interior said.

The IS group statement said the attack was carried out by one bomber wearing a vest and followed three other bomb blasts in the same area.

Afghan president Ashraf Ghani has called the attack on a Shiite Muslim cultural center in Kabul a "crime against humanity".

A terrorist bombing on a Shiite cultural center in Kabul on Thursday prompted a renewed pledge from the United States to continue backing Afghanistan's government until the nation is safe and at peace, US Ambassador John Bass said in a statement.



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