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Kabul blast: Death toll rises to 48

Kabul blast: Death toll rises to 48

A suicide blast killed 57 people - including at least five children - and wounded over 100 more on Sunday at a voter registration center in Kabul, according to Afghan officials.

In the week since voter registration began, staff members have been abducted in the western province of Ghor, and at least one registration center came under rocket fire in Badghis province in the country's northwest.

Isis's propaganda wing, Amaq, claimed responsibility for the attack, which hit a registration centre within a heavily populated Shia neighbourhood in the west of the city.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.

"They are civilians, including women and children", said interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish.

Afghan residents inspect the site of a suicide bombing outside a voter registration centre in Kabul on April 22, 2018.

The extremist group is opposed to democratic elections.

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The same channel showed angry crowds shouting "death to the government", and, before the IS claim of responsibility, "death to the Taliban".

"Many of the victims were women and children who were here to get their identity cards and register for elections", Ahmad added. The explosion occurred near another registration center, although there has been no direct link indicated between the two attacks.

The Government of India condemned in the strongest terms the "cowardly and barbaric" suicide attack in Afghanistan's capital Kabul and in the country's Baghlan province which claimed the lives of at least 58 people.

Ghani took to Twitter to comment on the attack and said, "I wish Allah's mercy upon those who martyred, speedy recovery to the wounded, and convey my deep condolences to victims' families".

A USA -led campaign of ground and air operations has reduced Islamic State's presence in Afghanistan to several hundred fighters. A North Atlantic Treaty Organisation spokesman said the child had been taken to hospital and was in a stable condition. "Our resolve for fair and transparent election will continue and terrorists won't win against the will of the Afghan people", Abdullah said.

The FO said Pakistan reiterates its unequivocal condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and expresses solidarity with the government and people of Afghanistan in this hour of grief and sorrow.


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