More Than 40 Dead And Dozens Injured After Bombing In Kabul

29 December, 2017, 01:12 | Author: Irene Delgado
  • Kabul blast: US condemns attack, vows to 'work closely' with Afghanistan to hunt down terrorists

A man in the vicinity of the attack said he heard a "big boom".

A suicide bomber has struck near an office of the Afghan intelligence service in the capital, Kabul, killing at least six people, including a woman in a passing vehicle. A neighboring news agency, Afghan Voice, was also hit, prompting fears about the safety of media organizations and journalists in the country ravaged by militants.

"A ceremony was being held to mark the 38th anniversary of Soviet-invasion in Afghanistan when the explosion went off", deputy interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi told AFP.

The IS group statement said the attack was carried out by one bomber wearing a vest and followed three other bomb blasts in the same area.

The blast comes a week after the group claimed responsibility for an attack on a training facility of the same agency, the National Directorate for Security, in Kabul that ended when the attackers were killed before causing significant casualties.

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2016 was described as one of the deadliest for journalists in Afghanistan, with the war by the Taliban being the main source of violence.

"Resolute Support condemns the heinous attack on the Teyban Social and Cultural Center and the Afghan Voice Agency", Faulkner said.

The attack took place at about 10.30am local time.

Taliban forces fighting US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces in Afghanistan have denied any involvement in the attack.

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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