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Afghanistan: 31 dead in suicide attack on voter centre in Kabul

22 Apr, 2018 18:28:00

A man cries beside a wounded girl at a hospital after the attack in Kabul [Mohammad Ismail/Reuters]

A suicide bombing at a voter registration centre in the Afghan capital Kabul has killed at least 31 people, health officials said.

Kabul's acting police chief, Mohammad Daoud Amin, said the assailant detonated his explosives at the doorway of the ID distribution centre in the capital at 10am (05:30 GMT) on Sunday.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group claimed responsibility for the attack via its online news portal, Amaq. 

Relatives of victims carry an injured man outside a hospital in Kabul [Mohammad Ismail/Reuters] 

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

The blast occurred in the Dasht-e-Barchi area of western Kabul, where many of the country's Shia Hazara minority reside.

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.

Security forces stood guard at the site of the attack in Kabul's Dasht-e-Barchi [Omar Sobhani/Reuters] 

Later 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.