BREAKING: 57 DEAD In Terrorist Attack, Over 120 Injured… Death Toll Expected To DOUBLE
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At least 57 people were killed when a suicide bomber struck a voter registration center in Afghanistan’s capital in an attack claimed by the Islamic State terror group.
Public Health Ministry spokesman Wahid Majro told the Associated Press that 119 people were wounded in the massive blast in Kabul, which shattered windows miles away from the attack site.
Majro told TOLO News the wounded have been taken to a number of Kabul hospitals, and that officials are working to identify the victims.
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According to the ministry’s spokesman, Wahid Majrooh, at least 21 women and five children were among those killed.
More than a dozen children and nearly 50 women were wounded, he said, adding that the tolls could still rise
In addition, 112 people were also wounded.
Officials said the casualties were all civilians – most of whom had been waiting outside a population registration office in Dasht-e-Barchi to apply for their IDs in order to register to vote in the October elections.
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Testimony to the deadly blast were the piles of blood-stained documents strewn around the blast scene following the explosion.
Officials confirmed a suicide bomber had detonated his explosives among the people, near the entrance to the offices.
Exact figures on how many people had been waiting were not available but officials said that particular office had in recent days been processing about 100 ID (Tazkira) applications a day.
FOX News reports that Gen. Daud Amin, the Kabul police chief, told the AP the suicide bomber targeted civilians who had gathered to receive national identification cards. Afghanistan will hold parliamentary elections in October.
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ISIS claimed responsibility in a statement carried by its Aamaq news agency, saying it had targeted Shiite “apostates.”
The bombing on Sunday was the fourth attack on the election process since voter registration started last Saturday, according to TOLO News.
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Last week, three police officers responsible for guarding voter registration centers in two Afghan provinces were killed by militants, according to authorities.
By Sunday mid-day, there had been five attacks in less than a week against the election process.
Two hours after the Kabul bombing, an explosion rocked Pul-e-Khumri city in Baghlan province, killing at least six people and wounding five others.
This explosion happened close to a voter registration center in the provincial capital, officials confirmed.
Last week three other attacks took place.
Afghan security forces have struggled to prevent attacks by ISIS as well as the more firmly established Taliban since the U.S. and NATO concluded their combat mission at the end of 2014.
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