Kabul Blast Targeted Shiites In Afghanistan, Also Creates Safety Concerns For Journalists

Kabul Blast Targeted Shiites In Afghanistan, Also Creates Safety Concerns For Journalists

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has branded a terror attack on a Shiite Muslim cultural centre in the Afghan capital of Kabul as "despicable".

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

Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish said an unknown number of suicide attackers set off an explosion outside the center before carrying out an attack inside.

The Islamic State group affiliate in Afghanistan has claimed responsibility. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, though the motive is likely to stem from Afghan Voice's Shiite links. He said that two blasts after the suicide bombing within the Tebyan center were caused by improvised explosive devices that inflicted relatively few casualties.

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.

In November an attack on Afghan broadcaster Shamshad TV in Kabul, claimed by the Islamic State group, left at least one person dead and two dozen others wounded.

Photo Security officials at the scene of a bomb attack in western Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday.


According to officials, women, children and journalists are among the dead.

He said one reporter at the agency had been killed and one injured.

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.

The attack, on 38th anniversary of the Soviet invasion, occurred during a panel discussion at the Tabian Social and Cultural Centre - with much of the crowd comprised of students and journalists, Reuters reported.

Still, Ramazandada said security at the cultural center was light.

Human rights organization Amnesty International said the attack underscored the dangers faced by Afghan civilians and blasted European leaders for forcibly returning Afghan asylum-seekers to the country.

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