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

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

At least 40 people have been killed and 30 others wounded in multiple blasts at a Shia cultural centre in Kabul on Thursday, officials said.

1TV News, quoting an interior ministry spokesman, said a suicide bomber was likely to have been behind the attack. The attack came as about 100 people had gathered to mark the anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

Health Ministry spokesman Ismail Kawasi confirmed the toll.

The ISIS's local affiliate, which first appeared in eastern Afghanistan near the border with Pakistan in early 2015, has become increasingly active and has claimed several recent suicide attacks in Kabul.

The center is located in the Shiite-dominated Dasht-e-Barchi neighborhood in the west of the capital.

Islamic State also claimed Monday's attack on the National Directorate of Security spy agency in a statement via their Amaq propaganda arm.

The claim reflects witness reports that one bomber sneaked into the center and exploded his device.

The center also houses AVA news agency which is part of the Iranian-funded organization.

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President Ashraf Ghani's spokesperson condemned the "unpardonable" crime, and his office has ordered a full investigation into the attack.

In a statement released by the presidential palace, Ghani said: "The terrorist have killed our people".

The attack took place at about 10.30am local time.

He called them attacks as against Islam and "all human values".

Both the Afghan capital and the wider country are beset with attacks on its military, police and civilian populations.

It was unclear what militant group was behind the attack, and there was no immediate claim of responsibility.

No one immediately took responsibility for the attack but Karim blames the Taliban, saying the insurgents planted the mine to target Afghan officials and security forces.

Security in the city has been ramped up since May 31 when a massive truck bomb ripped through the diplomatic quarter, killing some 150 people and wounding around 400 others - mostly civilians.

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