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

Casey Dawson
December 29, 2017

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement that "The United States strongly condemns today's barbaric attack at a cultural and social center in Kabul, Afghanistan, and offers its deepest condolences to the victims and their families".

More Than 40 Dead And Dozens Injured After Bombing In Kabul On Thursday, more than 40 people were killed and dozens wounded in a suicide bombing at a cultural center in Kabul, Afghanistan.

The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for the attack, according to an online statement by the group's Amaq news agency. Kabul has become one of the deadliest places in war-torn Afghanistan for civilians in recent months, as the Taliban step up their attacks and the Islamic State group (IS) seeks to expand its presence in the country.

It has scaled up its attacks in Kabul, including on security installations and the country's Shiite minority.

"Terrorists always hide their defeat against our security forces by attacking mosques, religious places, and educational institutions, and killing our people, including women and children", Ghani wrote on Facebook.

On Monday, eight people were killed and two injured in a suicide bomb attack near an office of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) in the capital city's Shashdarken neighbourhood.

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

A crowd of just under 100 people were meeting at the cultural center to mark the anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan when a bomber infiltrated the crowd and detonated the device, according to journalist Ehsanullah Amiri, who was at the scene.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but the Taliban was quick to deny involvement in the assault near the Afghan Voice Agency, a media outlet which earlier reports had suggested could have been the target.

Afghan president Ashraf Ghani called the attack a "crime against humanity".

Rahimi said the main blast was followed by two smaller bomb explosions that did not cause casualties.

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