At Least 40 Killed In ISIS Suicide Bombings Of Kabul Cultural Center, News Organization

Thursday, December 28, 2017
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Thu, 12/28/2017

For the second time in the span of a month, fighters loyal to the Islamic State have bombed a Shiite cultural center and news organization in Kabul. The attack demonstrates that the group is still capable of carrying out deadly attacks despite being driven from territory it formerly held in Syria and Iraq, according to the New York Times.

The attack also targeted the Afghan Voice Agency, a Shiite news organization. But during the assault on Thursday, one suicide bomber managed to enter the Shiite facility, the Tebyan cultural center and religious school, during a group discussion, where he detonated his explosive vest, said Sadiq Muradi, Kabul’s deputy police chief who said that women and children were among the dead at the center.

ISIS swiftly claimed responsibility for the attack.

At least 40 people were killed and dozens wounded on Thursday morning in a complex bomb attack that hit both a Shiite cultural center and the Afghan Voice Agency news organization in Kabul, officials said...In the past, Islamic State loyalists have singled out Shiites for attack, and the group claimed to be behind an attack last month on another news organization in Kabul, Shamshad TV.

Witnesses reported that at least two other explosions followed in the area, the Qalay Nazer neighborhood in western Kabul, including one blast at the entrance of the Afghan Voice Agency, killing one journalist and wounding another.

Nasrat Rahimi, a deputy spokesman for Iraq’s Interior Ministry, said that at least 40 people had been killed and another 30 wounded, but that was an initial accounting. He said that two blasts after the suicide bombing within the Tebyan center were caused by improvised explosive devices that inflicted relatively few casualties.

Later, Wahidullah Majrooh, a spokesman for the Health Ministry, said that 35 bodies and 20 wounded people had been taken to a hospital so far.

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