More Than 40 Dead And Dozens Injured After Bombing In Kabul

Kristopher Drake
December 29, 2017

The attack occurred during a morning panel discussion at the center, witnesses said.

A deputy spokesman for the Interior Ministry, Nasrat Rahimi, said that at least 40 people had been killed and another 30 wounded, but that was an initial accounting.

The blasts - thought to have been carried out by suicide bombers - are the latest violence to hit the Afghan capital.

The attacks shook Kabul a day after the US Marine Forces reported the death of a suspected Taliban leader, Qari Fida Mohammad, which, however, was claimed to have taken place much earlier.

According to them, there were at least two, maybe three suicide bombers who also used grenades in the attack.

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

President Ashraf Ghani's spokesman issued a statement calling the attack an "unpardonable" crime against humanity and pledging to destroy terrorist groups, Reuters reported. Women and children were among the dead at the center, which accounted for the vast majority of the casualties.

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

It also said that at least 13 journalists and media personnel were killed past year while the number was four in 2015.

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.

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