Thursday, 18 October, 2018

At least 63 dead in bombing at Kabul voter registration centre

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Glenn Montgomery | 23 April, 2018, 21:54

ISIS said "our martyrdom brother" targeted a group of Shiite people outside the voter registration center in the Dashte Barchi neighborhood. The government said 22 of the dead were women and eight were children. According to the Washington Post, Kabul police chief Mohammad Daoud Amin said a suicide bomber carrying explosives on his body started the blast.

The large explosion echoed across the city, shattering windows kilometres away from the attack site and damaging several nearby vehicles.

ISIS group claimed responsibility for the attack via its online news portal.

Relatives of the victims mourn at a hospital after a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sunday.

Gunmen Tuesday attacked a voter registration center in the central province of Ghor, kidnapping three election workers and two policemen.

Two near-simultaneous Taliban attacks in Afghanistan's western Badghis province have killed at least 14 troops and police officers, Afghan officials say. "Our resolve for fair and transparent election will continue and terrorists won't win against the will of the Afghan people", Abdullah said.

Voter registration began this month but there have already been a number of attacks apparently aimed at disrupting the preparations.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the killing.

It was the deadliest blast in the capital since about 100 people were killed in January by a bomb concealed in an ambulance and it came after repeated warnings militants could try to disrupt the election process.

The latest violence comes as USA and the Afghan troops have been conducting counter-terrorism operations and airstrikes across Afghanistan, including in Nangarhar, to root out IS and prevent the group from expanding its footprint in the country.

General John Nicholson, the top U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) commander in Afghanistan, told Tolo TV last month that he expected the Taleban to carry out more suicide attacks this fighting season.

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