Dozens Killed in Bombing at Shiite Center and News Agency in Kabul

29 December, 2017, 02:11 | Author: Kim Reid
  • Kabul blast kills 25 at Afghan Voice news agency, cultural center

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".

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

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

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

The attack wounded more than 80 people, many of whom suffered severe burns.

Islamic State has expanded its presence in Afghanistan since it first appeared in the region in 2015.

The Afghanistan branch, which calls itself the Khorasan Province, has stepped up attacks over the past year even as the extremists' self-styled caliphate in Syria and Iraq has collapsed.

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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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