A suicide bomb attack has killed at least 57 people at a voter registration centre in the Afghan capital Kabul.

April 22, 2018 ,A suicide bomb attack at a voter registration centre in the Afghan capital Kabul has killed at least 57 people, officials say.

The dead include 21 women and five children, killed when the blast hit the queue outside. A further 119 people were injured.

The Islamic State group (IS) said it had carried out the attack.

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

IS’s mouthpiece said a suicide bomber wearing an explosive belt had targeted the centre, which is in the DashteBarchi area of western Kabul.

A public health ministry official said ambulances evacuated scores of wounded, adding that the death toll may rise.

Among the victims were many women and children, witnesses said.

“After I heard a bang, I rushed to the site of the blast and, when I arrived at the scene, we helped many wounded people by carrying them to hospital,” Bashir Ahmad, a witness, said.

“Many of the victims were women and children who were here to get their identity cards and register for elections,” Ahmad added.

In a separate development on Sunday, a traffic incident reportedly involving a convoy of foreign forces killed a child near the US embassy in Kabul, prompting protests in the area. Witnesses reported heavy gunfire near the embassy.

Source –BBC /Al Jazeera News

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