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

Kabul blast: US condemns attack, vows to 'work closely' with Afghanistan to hunt down terrorists

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.

Related:

Comments

Latest news

More sunshine, less wind, however, feeling like an icebox for Thursday
A cold front passed through Virginia early Wednesday morning, and the coldest air since last January has moved in behind it. More clouds will overspread the state Friday night and temperatures will bottom out in the single digits and lower teens.

Samsung has a new battery issue in its latest phone
Still, it's nothing of the disaster the Note 7 was, nor did it follow in the footsteps of Google's terrible Pixel 2 launch. Users have apparently been experiencing the inability to charge the device after the battery has fully drained out.

Google may set up retail stores in India to spur Pixel sales
This retail expansion comes as more than a dozen pop-up stores opened in recent months throughout the country proved successful. Apple, however, has been lobbying hard in India for single-brand retail licence to be able to open its own stores.

Mark Hamill apologizes for doubting director Rian Johnson's version of Luke Skywalker
Animated feature " Ferdinand ", the story of a pacifist bull forced to face down the greatest bullfighter in the world, was fifth. Rian Johnson kisses Mark Hamill during a red carpet event in Mexico City for 'The Last Jedi '.

Pregnant Khloe Kardashian Reveals Exactly How Far Along She Is
Khloe has always been honest about her dreams of becoming a mum, a fact she reiterated in her Instagram announcement . Part of Kardashian's pleasant pregnancy has to do with the father of her child .

Cardi B And Fiance Offset Deny Having Sex On Instagram Live
As for everyone seeing her naked, Cardi doesn't care so much about that. "Always I know I know I got a nice body right". And Cardi B , 25, and her fiance, 26, pretended to get intimate on Instagram live as a joke, according to Page Six .

Chiefs starting rookie Patrick Mahomes vs Broncos
Reid added he'd use the final game of the 2017 season to rest key starters and get other younger players besides Mahomes reps. But if Mahomes play well, it could make the Chiefs a little more comfortable in moving on from Smith this summer.

Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton remain more admired man and woman in US
Seventeen per cent of the Americans who polled said Obama was the man they admired most , down from 22 per cent past year . Gallup explains that Trump's unpopularity is likely what's holding him back from winning the most admired distinction.

Particular climate assertion issued for Christmas
Total snowfall amounts of 5 to 15 cm are likely across much of Southern Ontario, including the Ottawa region. Active weather is expected to continue throughout the week in Toronto as temperatures are expected to drop.

Virgil Van Dijk Absent As Transfer Rumours Persist
It seems as though a fresh transfer saga concerning van Dijk is set to hot-up, as the January transfer window approaches. He added: " The club decides which bid they accept, the player decides whether or not he goes to that club ".

Lorde cancels concert in Israel amid criticism
In a statement to AFP, Naranjah said: "We forgive Lorde and wish her a successful tour in Russian Federation and the U.S. ". Lorde is refunding fans who had bought tickets and said she didn't make the right call in agreeing to the show.

Vijay Rupani takes oath as Chief Minister of Gujarat
Another new face as cabinet minister was Ishwarbhai Parmar, who was a Minster of State in the Rupani government. Tribal leader and former Assembly speaker Ganpatsinh Vasava too took oath as Cabinet minister .

Civilization VI Now Available On IPad For $60
Today, you can get the PC version for $30, and the deluxe version with additional content is just $10 more. Civilization 6's first expansion, Rise and Fall , is set to be released February 8, 2018, on Windows PC.

Iggy Azalea & More Stars Pay Tribute to Jordan Feldstein
Jordan Feldstein was fiercely protective of his artists and their art and always delivered good or bad news personally. He is a father of two children from his previous marriage to Clint Eastwood's daughter, Francesca Eastwood .

Mumbai gets India's first AC local train
Weekly, fortnightly and monthly season tickets will be charged at 5, 7 and 10 times that of a single journey. Remaining one service will run as a slow service from Mahalaxmi to Borivali, and will halt at all stations.

Other news