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

Randolph Lopez
December 29, 2017

US President Donald Trump has been briefed on the attack, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said.

A suicide attack targeting a Shi'ite cultural center in Afghanistan's capital Kabul is said to have killed at least 40 people. "We still do not know the target of the attack, but Afghan Voice Agency is in the area of the attack", interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said.

The Islamic State had claimed responsibility for the attack.

A journalist at Afghan Voice, Sayed Abbas Hussaini, said there appeared to have been more than one explosion during the attack.

In Kabul, security officials said the explosion was caused by a suicide bomber who approached the agency's entrance on foot before blowing himself up.

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Interior Ministry deputy spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said at least 40 people had been killed and 30 wounded in the blast, with numerous victims being students.

UNAMA, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, also put out a statement on Twitter condemning the attack.

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

2016 was described as one of the deadliest for journalists in Afghanistan, with the war by the Taliban being the main source of violence.

Afghan Journalists Safety Committee recently reported a surge in attacks against journalists, with at least 73 cases recorded in 2017, an increase of 35 percent compared with 2016.

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