Kabul voter registration centre blast: 57 dead

Afghanistan Nine killed dozens injured in Kabul suicide bombing

Around 10 am, a suicide bomber blew himself up among a crowd lining up to get access to an election-related registration site in Kabul on Sunday, killing 31 people and injuring 54 others, officials said.

Public Health Ministry spokesman Wahid Majro said that among 57 who were killed in the attack, 22 were women and eight are children. "They are civilians, including women and children", said interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish.

According to the report, Kabul's acting police chief, Mohammad Daoud Amin, stated that a suicide bomber detonated his explosives in the doorway of the offices.

President Ashraf Ghani said the Kabul attack and another reported in Pul-e-Khumri were "heinous terrorist attacks".

Abdullah said, "I stand with those affected by this coward attack".

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and the United Nations mission in the county strongly condemned the attack, for which the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group has claimed responsibility.

In January, more than a hundred people were killed when an ambulance vehicle bomb was detonated outside the country's former interior ministry building in Kabul.

Mothers weep after losing their children in the deadly attack. The explosion occurred near another registration center, although there has been no direct link indicated between the two attacks.

There have already been at least four attacks on such centres since voter registration got under way a week ago.

The attack is the latest in a series to strike the Afghan capital this year.

Pakistan on Sunday strongly condemned the suicide attacks at voter registration centres in Kabul and Baghlan, Afghanistan.

Voter registration in Afghanistan has been low - groups in opposition to the government have threatened violence at such centers, and a string of fraudulent and delayed elections have caused voter apathy.

India said the incident reflected that it was an attack on the democratic rights of the Afghan people.

"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.

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