57 killed in Afghanistan suicide bombing

23 April 2018

57 killed in Afghanistan suicide bombing

Image credit: American Broadcasting Company

At least 57 people have been killed in a suicide bombing attack at a voter registration centre in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, on Sunday — a further 119 people were injured.

The bomb was released while citizens of Dasht-e-Barchi were lining up to receive national identification cards. There are no immediate details of how the bomb was detonated, but the blast shattered windows several miles away and destroyed numerous cars nearby.

Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the attack through their Aamaq news agency, saying it had targeted Shiite ‘apostates’.

Interior Minister spokesman Najib Danesh said the bomber approached the centre on foot.

The blast came after there was considerable calm in the city for several weeks. Voter registration began earlier this month, which will be followed by legislative elections in October.

There have already been four previous attacks amidst voter registration centres in the past week. Dasht-e-Barchi is heavily populated by members of Afghanistan’s Shia Muslim minority, who have been targeted by IS for their religion in the past.