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

Kabul At least 40 killed dozens injured in suicide attack at cultural centre

A crowd of just under 100 people were meeting at the cultural center to mark the anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan when a bomber infiltrated the crowd and detonated the device, according to journalist Ehsanullah Amiri, who was at the scene.

In May, ISIL claimed an attack targetting an Afghan state television building in Jalalabad that killed six people.

Women, children and journalists were among the dead, and most of the injured suffered from burns, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Public Health said.

The deadly assault began this morning when a suicide bomber set off an explosive vest at the Tebyan cultural center, Sadiq Muradi, Kabul's deputy police chief, said, according to The New York Times.

Local media reported an explosion early on Thursday.

Photographs sent by witnesses showed what appeared to be serious damage at the site, in a heavily Shia Muslim area in the west of the capital, and a number of dead and wounded on the ground.

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Authorities say an attack on a Shiite gathering in the Afghan capital Kabul on December 28 has left dozens dead and others wounded.

The Taliban issued its own statement, saying it had nothing to do with the attack.

'It is said that target of attack was media center & education facility. In October, ISIS claimed responsibility for twin attacks on Shiite mosques in Afghanistan that killed almost 60 people.

"Government officials should stop sacrificing the people for their personal interests, those who are killed are not the sons of ministers and high profile people and not the son of the president; all of the victims are the poor, all those who were present here were coming here for training", said one angry citizen.

Ghani called the attack a crime against humanity, Islam and "all human values". "The terrorists have attacked our mosques, our holy places and now our cultural center".

"I have little doubt that this attack deliberately targeted civilians", said Toby Lanzer, acting head of the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan.

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