KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide bomber struck a voter registration heart within the Afghan capital on Sunday, killing no less than 31 folks in an assault claimed by the Islamic State group.
Public Well being Ministry spokesman Wahid Majro mentioned one other 54 folks had been wounded in Sunday’s assault, updating an earlier toll. Gen. Daud Amin, the Kabul police chief, mentioned the suicide bomber focused civilians who had gathered to obtain nationwide identification playing cards.
The big explosion echoed throughout town, shattering home windows miles away from the assault website and damaging a number of close by autos. Police blocked all roads to the blast website, with solely ambulances allowed in. Native TV stations broadcast reside footage of a whole lot of distraught folks gathered at close by hospitals looking for phrase about family members.
The Islamic State group has claimed duty in a press release carried by its Aamaq information company, saying it had focused Shiite “apostates.”
Afghanistan will maintain parliamentary elections in October.
Final week, three law enforcement officials answerable for guarding voter registration facilities in two Afghan provinces had been killed by militants, in accordance with authorities.
Afghan safety forces have struggled to forestall assaults by the Islamic State affiliate in addition to the extra firmly established Taliban for the reason that U.S. and NATO concluded their fight mission on the finish of 2014. Each teams frequently launch assaults, with the Taliban normally concentrating on the federal government and safety forces, and IS concentrating on the nation’s Shiite minority.
Each teams wish to set up a harsh type of Islamic rule in Afghanistan, and are against democratic elections.
Elsewhere in Afghanistan, no less than 5 folks had been killed when their car struck a roadside bomb within the northern Baghlan province. Zabihullah Shuja, spokesman for the provincial police chief, mentioned 4 different folks had been wounded in Sunday’s blast in Puli Khomri, the capital of the province.
The Taliban routinely goal safety forces and authorities officers with roadside bombs, which regularly find yourself killing civilians.
Within the northern Balkh province, a district police chief died of his wounds after being shot Saturday throughout a gunbattle with insurgents, in accordance with Sher Jan Durrani, spokesman for the provincial police chief. He mentioned round a dozen insurgents had been additionally killed within the battle, which remains to be underway.
Durrani recognized the slain commander as Halim Khanjar, police chief for the Char Bolak district.
The Taliban claimed duty for the killing.