India condemns terror attacks in Afghanistan, offers help

Elias Hubbard
April 23, 2018

At least 57 people have been killed today by a suicide bomber who has exploded in a center of electoral census of district of Dashi and Barchi, in Kabul (Afghanistan), a residence area of many members of minority Shi'a community of Hazar.

Wahid Majro, spokesman for the public health ministry, said five small children and 21 women were killed in the attack.

The bomber was on foot when he detonated his explosives at the gate of the building about 10 a.m. local time, Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish said.

Gen Daud Amin, the Kabul police chief, said the suicide bomber targeted civilians who had gathered to receive national identification cards.

"We strongly condemn this heinous terrorist attack targeting the peace and stability of Afghanistan". I stand with those affected by this coward attack.

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in the Afghan capital that killed more than 30 people and wounded dozens.

According to United Nations figures, more than 750 people have been killed or maimed in suicide attacks and bombings by militant groups during the three months to March ahead of an expected start of the Taliban's normal spring offensive. The explosion occurred near another registration center, although there has been no direct link indicated between the two attacks.

"There were women, children".

Photos of the attack show a scene of chaos and terror in the country's capital - people strewn on the ground, personal documents abandoned, streets stained crimson with blood, vehicles damaged by the blast.

Reports said the bombing was the latest attack on preparations for Afghanistan's elections on October 20.

"We are grieved at the loss of precious innocent lives in this brutal act of terrorism and express our heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the bereaved families and pray for the speedy recovery of the injured", the statement added.

Although elections are held in October, Afghan authorities have made a decision to advance voter registration for several months given conflicting security situation in Central Asian country, a determining factor in encouraging vote.

Both IS and the more well-established Taliban have stepped up attacks across Afghanistan in recent years.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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