Kabul voter registration blast: 57 dead

Kabul voter registration blast: 57 dead

Daud Amin, the Kabul police chief, said that the bomber had blown himself up at the centre's entrance gate.

Windows in buildings miles away were shattered by the huge explosion which echoed across the city. Police blocked all roads to the blast site, with only ambulances allowed in. The terrorist group's Amaq News Agency says it targeted Shiite "apostates".

Relatives of the victims mourn at a hospital after a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sunday.

After an attack a year ago that killed two employees of the Iraqi embassy in Kabul, ISIS warned Shiites that it was coming after them.

Voter registration began this month for legislative elections which are due to take place in October.

Last week, militants killed three police officers responsible for guarding voter registration centres in two Afghan provinces, according to authorities.

The IS later claimed responsibility for the attack.

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The Secretary-General strongly condemns today's attack on a voter registration centre in Kabul which claimed the lives of many civilians.

Haidari blamed the Taliban who have stepped up their attacks on Afghan security forces across Badghis.

The blast killed at least 31 people and the dead and injured included many women and at least eight children, Public Health Ministry spokesman Wahidullah Majruh told RFE/RL.

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

Tadamichi Yamamoto, who heads the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), said the attack "appears to be part of a wholly unacceptable effort by extremists to deter Afghan citizens from carrying out their constitutional right to take part in elections". He said around a dozen insurgents were also killed in the battle, which is still underway.

Unless the process of registering millions of voters can be completed before winter starts in November, the parliamentary elections would nearly certainly have to be postponed until next year.

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