Dozens Killed in Bombing at Shiite Center and News Agency in Kabul

Aaron Brown
December 29, 2017

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Reuters' Kabul bureau chief James Mackenzie for an update on the details of the attack.

A crowd of just under 100 people were meeting at the cultural center to mark the anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan when a bomber infiltrated the crowd and detonated the device, according to journalist Ehsanullah Amiri, who was at the scene.

The ministry of interior had earlier pegged the death toll at 30.

The Islamic State group affiliate in Afghanistan has claimed responsibility.

US Ambassador to Afghanistan John R. Bass said: "The United States continues to stand with all Afghans in their pursuit of peace, security, and prosperity".

Police spokesman Basir Mojahid told NBC News that at least 25 people had been killed and 32 others injured.

"The target of the attack was the Tabayan cultural centre".

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President Ashraf Ghani's spokesperson condemned the "unpardonable" crime, and his office has ordered a full investigation into the attack.

Authorities say an attack on a Shiite Muslim cultural center in the Afghan capital Kabul has left at least 35 people dead and 20 wounded.

Rahimi said the main blast was followed by two smaller bomb explosions that did not cause casualties.

Two children were among the dead and 84 people were injured in the blast, according to a Health Ministry spokesman.

Separately, Dawlat Abad District Gov. Mohammad Karim said a powerful mine killed six shepherd children ranging in age from 8 to 10 on Wednesday.

It was the latest claimed assault by the Middle Eastern jihadist group in Kabul, which in recent months has become one of the deadliest places in the war-torn country for civilians. Security in the city has been ramped up since May 31 when a massive truck bomb ripped through the diplomatic quarter, killing some 150 people and wounding around 400 others - mostly civilians.

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