31 Killed, 50 Injured As Suicide Bomber Strikes A Voter Registration Booth In Kabul

| April 22 , 2018 , 12:48 IST

At least thirty-one people were killed and fifty were wounded as an explosion hit Kabul city early morning on Sunday.

While some officials have confirmed that the explosion took place at an ID distribution centre in the Dasht-e-Barchi area in PD6, others state that it took place at a voter registration centre. The area is mostly populated by the Shia Hazara community and is located in the western part of Kabul.

As per Brigadier General Mohammad Daoud Amin, Commander of the 101st Asmayee Police Zone, Kabul, the explosion was carried out by a suicide bomber who detonated himself at the gate of the voter registration centre.

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Early last week, a series of attacks took place at various voter registration centres across the nation. Merely three days ago President Ghani had instructed security officials to safeguard polling stations.

No terrorist group has taken responsibility for the attack yet.

Health ministry officials have confirmed that thirty-one people were killed while 50 were injured. Most of the injured have been taken to Istiqlal hospital. Some of these are in critical condition.

Earlier last year, 41 people died while more than 60 were injured when a suicide bomber detonated explosives inside the Imam Zamam mosque in the same area.

The nation is going through a process of registering voters for the upcoming elections. Explosions and suicide attacks in Shia and Hazara dominated areas can be seen as an effort from terrorist groups to instill fear and exclude them from voting.