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57 dead in Kabul blast

AFGHANISTAN (OBSERVATORY) –¬†Up to 57 dead and 119 wounded, mostly women and children The suicide bombing on Sunday morning killed a voter registration center in the Afghan capital of Kabul, while the Islamic state organization claimed responsibility for it.

The attack took place at the entrance to a registration center for voters who are eligible to participate in the planned parliamentary elections three months later.

The German Press Agency quoted a Ministry of Public Health official as saying that among the dead were 21 women and five children, adding that at least 119 injured in the blast were taken to hospitals.

The attacker, who was walking on his feet, detonated his explosive vest outside a voter registration center in the Dasht Preshi district of western Kabul, where a large minority of the Shi’ite Hazara minority lives and has been previously attacked by the state.

The state organization announced through a statement attributed to the Agency deep responsibility for the attack, and said he targeted “apostates” Shiites, and the Taliban issued a statement in which it denied responsibility for the explosion.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani denounced the attack as an attempt to stop the country’s democratic process.

Voter registration centers were set up throughout Afghanistan ahead of parliamentary elections and local council elections scheduled for October.

The Afghan president is under pressure from his international partners to ensure elections this year ahead of a presidential election in 2019, but there are serious doubts about it.

Unless the process of registering millions of voters, including many without an identity card, is completed before winter, the postponement of elections to next year will be almost certain.