Published: Fri, December 29, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

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

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

"The terrorists have attacked our mosques, our holy places and now our cultural center".

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

No one immediately took responsibility for the attack but Karim blamed the Taliban, saying the insurgents planted the mine to target Afghan officials and security forces.

Afghan security forces keep watch at a check point close to a compound of Afghanistan's national intelligence agency in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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

In a statement from his office, President Ghani said: "The terrorist have killed our people". Officials said there appears to have been more than one attacker.

Afghan Journalists Safety Committee recently reported a surge in attacks against journalists, with at least 73 cases recorded in 2017, an increase of 35 percent compared with 2016.

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"This incident once again demonstrates the depravity of those who seek to undermine peace and stability in Afghanistan", he said.

"We remain determined in our resolve to help the Afghan people overcome terror and we are committed to supporting the Afghan government in seeking a brighter future for its people".

The United States has supported the Afghan government in its fight against ISIS, but has dramatically decreased the number of its troops this year. He called them attacks against Islam and "all human values".

The blasts - thought to have been carried out by suicide bombers - are the latest violence to hit the Afghan capital. "The European governments who insist on this unsafe fiction by forcibly returning Afghans are putting their lives in danger", Amnesty International South Asia Director Biraj Patnaik said.

September 13: A suicide bomber killed three people in a blast outside a cricket stadium in Kabul.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but the 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.

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