Toll from Kabul bombing climbs to 57 dead

Toll from Kabul bombing climbs to 57 dead

Toll from Kabul bombing climbs to 57 dead

KABUL - As a crowd of Afghans lined up outside a voter registration center in Kabul on Sunday, a suicide bomber blew himself up, killing 57 people in the deadliest of a spate of attacks on Afghanistan's upcoming elections, officials said.

The New York Times notes that there have been other attempts to disrupt the Afghan government's efforts to register voters over the last week, including smaller attacks on registration officers and election officials.

According to the BBC, this is the fourth attack on a voting center since registration began at the beginning of the month.

The ISIS group claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement carried by its Aamaq news agency, saying it had targeted Shiite "apostates".

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.

Both groups want to establish a strict form of Islamic rule in Afghanistan and are opposed to democratic elections.

Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danesh said a bomber on foot approached the centre where officials were issuing identity cards as part of the registration process for around 10 million voters across Afghanistan.

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April 23 (ANI): The death toll in Sunday's deadly suicide bombing in Kabul has risen to 52.

The Taliban routinely target security forces and government officials with roadside bombs, which often end up killing civilians.

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in the Afghan capital that killed more than 30 people and wounded dozens.

A suicide attack on a voter registration center in Kabul on Sunday killed at least 31 people and wounded 54 others, the health ministry said. Mr Majro added that 119 people were wounded in the attack, among them 17 children and 52 women.

On Tuesday gunmen attacked a voter registration centre in the central province of Ghor, kidnapping three election workers and two policemen. A North Atlantic Treaty Organisation spokesman said the child had been taken to hospital and was in a stable condition.

Bilal Sidiqi, a spokesperson for Afghanistan's Independent Human Rights Commission, told RFE/RL that "attacking civilians at a public place is as barbaric, criminal, inhuman, and illegal as it can get". "Our resolve for fair and transparent election will continue and terrorists won't win against the will of the Afghan people", Abdullah said. We stand with the people and government of Afghanistan in their fight against terrorism.

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