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31 killed and 54 wounded in an explosion near an election center in Kabul

AFGHANISTAN (OBSERVATORY) –┬áThe death toll from a suicide bombing outside a voter registration center in the capital Kabul on Sunday rose to at least 31 and 54 wounded, an Afghan health ministry official said.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack. The elections are of great importance to the credibility of the Western-backed government of President Ashraf Ghani, who has pledged to hold parliamentary elections this year.

But a key spokesman for the Taliban issued a statement via Twitter denying the movement’s responsibility for the blast.

Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish said an old bomber approached the center, where officials were issuing identity cards as part of voter registration in preparation for elections scheduled for October.