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Kabul blast kills 25 at Afghan Voice news agency, cultural center

Kabul blast kills 25 at Afghan Voice news agency, cultural center

"Resolute Support condemns the heinous attack on the Teyban Social and Cultural Center and the Afghan Voice Agency", Faulkner said.

"A ceremony was being held to mark the 38th anniversary of Soviet invasion in Afghanistan when the explosion went off".

The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for the attack, according to an online statement by the group's Amaq news agency.

It was the latest claimed assault by the Middle Eastern jihadist group in Kabul, which in recent months has become one of the deadliest places in the war-torn country for civilians.

Photo Security officials at the scene of a bomb attack in western Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday.

No one immediately claimed responsibility.

On Thursday, more than 40 people were killed and dozens wounded in a suicide bombing at a cultural center in Kabul, Afghanistan.

President Ashraf Ghani's spokesman issued a statement calling the attack an "unpardonable" crime against humanity and pledging to destroy terrorist groups, Reuters reported.

Islamic State has expanded its presence in Afghanistan since it first appeared in the region in 2015.

The attack took place opposite the offices of the Afghan Voice news agency.

Human rights organization Amnesty International said the attack underscored the dangers faced by Afghan civilians and blasted European leaders for forcibly returning Afghan asylum-seekers to the country.

Authorities say an attack on a Shiite Muslim cultural center in the Afghan capital Kabul has left at least 35 people dead and 20 wounded. Two more blasts followed at the same building, but caused no injuries. Women and children were among the dead at the center, which accounted for the vast majority of the casualties.

Afghanistan has the highest number of mine victims in the world, which along with other roadside bombs kill or wound an estimated 140 people every month.


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