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9:28 am - Tuesday January 23, 2018

41 killed in Kabul blasts

Agencies, Kabul

At least 41 people, including three journalists, were killed and nearly 50 others wounded in a suicide bombing attack on a Shiite cultural centre in the Afghan capital on Thursday, officials said.

The victims were mostly civilians and included 17 mediapersons. Nasrat Rahimi, deputy spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said women and students were among the casualties of the attack.The Islamic State terrorist group— also known as Daesh— has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The attack took place near an office of the National Directorate of Security about 10:30 local time when a suicide bomber detonated explosives at the entrance to the Tebyan Centre in the Pul-i-Sokhta neighbourhood of Kabul which houses the Afghan Voice news agency.

Thursday’s bombing follows an attack on a private television station in Kabul last month, which was also claimed by Daesh.

Media freedom group Reporters without Borders recently described Afghanistan as one of the world’s most dangerous countries for media workers.President Ashraf Ghani in a statement has denounced the attack as a “crime against humanity.”

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