AFGHANISTAN (OBSERVATORY) – The number of people killed in the explosion near the center for registration of voters in the capital of Afghanistan has grown to 31, more than 50 people were injured, the TV channel TOLOnews reports with reference to the official representative of the Ministry of Health Vahid Majruk.
#KabulExplosion – Ministry of public health spokesman Wahid Majrooh confirms death toll has risen to 12 in Sunday's suicide bombing at an ID distribution and voter registration center in Dasht-e-Barchi in Kabul city; 57 people were also wounded #Afghanistan pic.twitter.com/THzxpSvaJh
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Earlier, 12 dead and 57 injured were reported.
The incident occurred in western Kabul on Sunday morning local time. On the spot, doctors and policemen work. As spokesman for the Interior Ministry of Afghanistan Najib Danish said, an explosive device launched a suicide bomber. According to the authorities, the explosion occurred near the center for registration of voters and the center for issuing identity documents.
While no group in the region took responsibility for what happened.
This is not the first incident that occurred in the country in connection with the upcoming elections. On Wednesday, militants of the radical Taliban movement kidnapped three members of the Afghan election commission from the voter registration center in Gur province.
The President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, expressed his condolences to the victims of the explosion and wished a speedy recovery to the injured. He said that he ordered the relevant services “to provide support and assistance to those who were affected” by this terrorist act.
The combined elections to the parliament and the district councils of Afghanistan are planned for October 2018, the registration of voters in the country started on April 14. After the opening of the registration of voters, the President of Afghanistan invited the radical movement “Taliban” to return to the peace process as a political movement and take part in the elections. The Taliban refused the offer.