More Than 40 Dead And Dozens Injured After Bombing In Kabul

29 December, 2017, 01:11 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
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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.

AFP reporters near the scene of the blast heard a third explosion, suggesting the attack may still be under way.

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

A journalist at Afghan Voice, Sayed Abbas Hussaini, said there appeared to have been more than one explosion during the attack. The attack, the latest in a series to have hit media organizations in Kabul, occurred during a morning panel discussion at the center. Thirty-five men, four women and two children are among the victims, he said in a press conference, Afghanistan's TOLO news network reported.

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President Ashraf Ghani's spokesman issued a statement calling the attack an "unpardonable" crime against humanity and pledging to destroy terrorist groups, according to Reuters.

"Resolute Support condemns the heinous attack on the Teyban Social and Cultural Center and the Afghan Voice Agency", Faulkner said. "By sowing terror, the Taliban and Islamic State have created information "black holes" in many regions since 2015".

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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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