At least 40 people killed in multiple blasts at a Shiite cultural centre in Kabul

At least 40 people were killed and many others wounded in multiple blasts at a Shiite cultural center in Kabul on Thursday, officials said, in the latest violence to hit the Afghan capital, reports BSS.

“The target of the attack was the Tabayan cultural center. 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 reporters.

Afghan security forces stand guard near the site of multiple blasts in Kabul on December 28, 2017

The center is near to the Afghan Voice Agency, a media outlet which earlier reports had suggested could be the target.

Taliban was quick to deny involvement in the assault near the Afghan Voice Agency, a media outlet which earlier reports had suggested could have been the target. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing.

Kabul has become one of the deadliest places in war-torn Afghanistan for civilians in recent months, as the Taliban step up their attacks and the ISIS seeks to expand its presence in the country.


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