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At least 57 killed in a suicide bombing of a polling place in Kabul

The terrorist was detonated in a local voter registration of majority Hazar

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At least 57 killed in a suicide bombing of a polling place in Kabul

At least 57 people have been killed today by a suicide bomber who has exploded in a center of electoral census of district of Dashi and Barchi, in Kabul (Afghanistan), a residence area of many members of minority Shi'a community of Hazar. The terrorist had located in queue in which dozens of people, mostly women, waited to register to vote. Anor 119 people have been injured of varying consideration. The Afghan branch of self-denominated Islamic State (ISIS, in its English acronym) has claimed responsibility for attack.

The explosion occurred around 10.00, local time (5.30 GMT) in area of Qala-e-Nazir, said Efe Hashmatullah Stanekzai, spokesman for Kabul police.  "Almost all dead and wounded are civilians," he added to Agence France Presse.

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Stanekzai indicated that suicide bomber detonated explosives in "queue in which a large number of people, including women, were waiting to enter center."  The registration centre is located in a neighbourhood with a large population of Shi'a religious minority, a common object of attacks on part of Islamic State.

The spokesman of ministry, Nayib Danish, has confirmed to chain Tolo News that it was a suicide bombing specifically directed against center, where people came to collect ir electoral identification with a view to elections of October. "Women, men, children... had come to center to collect ir cards," lamented spokesman

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid indicated on social network Twitter that Islamic Emirate, as y call mselves Taliban, has nothing to do with today's explosion in Afghan capital.

Although elections are held in October, Afghan authorities have decided to advance voter registration for several months given conflicting security situation in Central Asian country, a determining factor in encouraging vote. Voter registration process for parliamentary elections began last week in Kabul

So far this year Afghan capital has been subject of several attacks, most important perpetrated in late January by Taliban with an ambulance bomb that exploded in middle of street in a central district of Kabul killing more than a hundred people.

After that attack, capital's authorities have reviewed entire security plan of city and replaced it to avoid major attacks. Afghan president Ashraf Gani called Taliban at end of February to sit at negotiating table to find a solution to conflict in country since US invasion in 2001.


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