Suicide blast hits Afghan voter registration center, killing dozens

A suicide blast killed 48 people -- including five children -- and wounded over 100 more on Sunday at a voter registr...

Posted: Apr 22, 2018 5:43 PM
Updated: Apr 22, 2018 5:43 PM

A suicide blast killed 48 people -- including five children -- and wounded over 100 more on Sunday at a voter registration center in Kabul, according to Afghan officials.

The bomber was on foot when he detonated his explosives at the gate of the building about 10 a.m. local time, Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish said.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the bombing, in a statement distributed through Telegram. ISIS said "our martyrdom brother" targeted a group of Shiite people outside the voter registration center in the Dashte Barchi neighborhood.

Registration for October's parliamentary and district council elections in Afghanistan opened April 14.

Resolve for 'fair and transparent election'

In a message posted to Twitter, the nation's chief executive Abdullah Abdullah condemned the attack.

"I stand with those affected by this coward attack. Our resolve for fair and transparent election will continue and terrorists won't win against the will of the Afghan people," Abdullah said.

President Ashraf Ghani said the Kabul attack and another reported in Pul-e-Khumri were "heinous terrorist attacks."

"I wish Allah's mercy upon those who martyred, speedy recovery to the wounded, and convey my deep condolences to victims' families. I instructed relevant institutions to provide support and care to those affected," Ghani said on Twitter.

US Ambassador John Bass said the Kabul attack was "senseless."

In a statement posted on Twitter, Bass said: "I strongly condemn this morning's suicide attack on a voter registration center in #Kabul and offer my condolences to the victims and their families. This senseless violence shows the cowardice and inhumanity of the enemies of democracy and peace in #Afghanistan."

British ambassador Nicholas Kay tweeted his condolences to the victims, saying that "the enemies of peace & democracy will not win."

Previous attacks

The attack is the latest in a series to strike the Afghan capital this year.

On March 21, a suicide bomber killed 29 people and injured 52 others near a shrine in the city in an attack claimed by ISIS. Earlier that same month, a suicide bomber killed at least nine people when he detonated his device at a security checkpoint.

In February, several people were killed and injured in a suicide attack in the Shashdarak area of Kabul, not far from the Kabul Green Zone where many diplomatic compounds are located.

In January, Taliban gunmen stormed the Intercontinental hotel in Kabul, killing 22 people.

Days later, the group claimed responsibility for an attack outside a hospital in which militants detonated explosives packed inside an ambulance. Nearly 100 people were killed.

The Afghan government announced on February 28 it would be willing to recognize the Taliban as a legitimate political party as part of a potential ceasefire agreement with the Islamist militant group.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 512632

Reported Deaths: 10262
CountyCasesDeaths
Harrison34853555
DeSoto33162432
Hinds32556641
Jackson24830389
Rankin22442402
Lee16238242
Madison14874283
Jones14086247
Forrest13741259
Lauderdale12249324
Lowndes11286193
Lamar10644140
Pearl River9707244
Lafayette8827143
Hancock7835132
Washington7550169
Oktibbeha7204138
Monroe6989179
Pontotoc6970109
Warren6849178
Panola6746134
Neshoba6726210
Marshall6653141
Bolivar6440151
Union633897
Pike5924156
Alcorn5862107
Lincoln5525136
George510180
Prentiss500884
Tippah490282
Itawamba4829107
Scott477499
Adams4766125
Tate4748116
Leflore4723144
Copiah455895
Yazoo455591
Simpson4543117
Wayne442772
Covington432895
Sunflower4299106
Marion4265112
Coahoma4227109
Leake413790
Newton395581
Tishomingo381793
Grenada3775109
Stone365666
Jasper340166
Attala337790
Winston317792
Chickasaw313367
Clay311878
Clarke301195
Calhoun284449
Holmes271289
Smith268952
Yalobusha243747
Tallahatchie231453
Greene224749
Walthall221366
Lawrence217840
Perry213356
Amite209557
Webster205148
Noxubee188642
Montgomery181557
Carroll174441
Jefferson Davis173643
Tunica163239
Benton152639
Kemper144941
Choctaw136527
Claiborne134238
Humphreys131139
Franklin124929
Quitman107528
Wilkinson105939
Jefferson96834
Sharkey65121
Issaquena1957
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 844594

Reported Deaths: 16115
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson1160612006
Mobile741651379
Madison53255732
Shelby38313368
Baldwin38061589
Tuscaloosa35996641
Montgomery34473781
Lee25541263
Calhoun22582518
Morgan22441406
Etowah20009517
Marshall18771316
Houston17723425
St. Clair16863358
Limestone16123218
Cullman16032303
Elmore15902294
Lauderdale14945306
Talladega14186299
DeKalb12957269
Walker12011380
Blount10700192
Autauga10512157
Jackson10151194
Coffee9412192
Colbert9325208
Dale9013191
Tallapoosa7248201
Russell707465
Chilton7015170
Escambia6951143
Covington6926195
Franklin6337108
Chambers5778142
Marion5400130
Dallas5283209
Pike5114109
Clarke484986
Lawrence4826129
Winston4777110
Geneva4640136
Bibb434094
Barbour369180
Butler3433100
Marengo342393
Monroe336666
Randolph334067
Pickens333188
Fayette329885
Henry320566
Hale317989
Cherokee316963
Crenshaw260477
Washington256952
Cleburne254360
Lamar251253
Clay250869
Macon244764
Conecuh192762
Coosa184647
Lowndes178168
Wilcox177438
Bullock152545
Perry141840
Sumter139041
Greene130245
Choctaw93228
Out of AL00
Unassigned00
Tupelo
Clear
33° wxIcon
Hi: 49° Lo: 31°
Feels Like: 33°
Columbus
Clear
30° wxIcon
Hi: 50° Lo: 31°
Feels Like: 30°
Oxford
Clear
28° wxIcon
Hi: 48° Lo: 28°
Feels Like: 28°
Starkville
Clear
28° wxIcon
Hi: 51° Lo: 31°
Feels Like: 28°
High pressure will continue to dominate our weather forecast for our Saturday. This will keep us filled with plenty of sunshine in our weather forecast for our Saturday.
WTVA Radar
WTVA Temperatures
WTVA Severe Weather