Dozens Killed in Bombing at Shiite Center and News Agency in Kabul
29 December, 2017, 02:11 | Author: Kim Reid
In the assault on Thursday, one suicide bomber managed to enter the Shiite facility, the Tebyan cultural center and religious school, during a group discussion, and he detonated his explosive vest, said Sadiq Muradi, Kabul's deputy police chief.
The White House earlier said that President Donald Trump was briefed on the Thursday's attack. "The United States continues to stand with all Afghans in their pursuit of peace, security, and prosperity".
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The centre is near to the Afghan Voice Agency, a media outlet which earlier reports had suggested could be the target.
The Interior Ministry said it was a suicide attack during a morning panel at the centre, with one journalist working for the agency confirmed dead and another injured.
Later, Wahidullah Majrooh, a spokesman for the Health Ministry, said that 35 bodies and 20 wounded people had been taken to a hospital so far.
The attack has not yet been claimed by any insurgent group.
The center is located in the Shiite-dominated Dasht-e-Barchi neighborhood in the west of the capital.
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The attack took place opposite the offices of the Afghan Voice news agency. Thirty-five men, four women and two children are among the victims, he said in a press conference, Afghanistan's TOLO news network reported.
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