40 dead, dozens wounded in multiple Kabul blasts

Kabul blast kills 25 at Afghan Voice news agency, cultural center

ISIS claims responsibility after dozens die in Afghanistan suicide attack

Meanwhile, the apparent attack on a media organization also prompted outrage in many like Mujib Khilwatgar, CEO of the Nai, a media advocacy group, who told Pajhwok New that the Afghan Voice news agency was the target of the attack.

2016 was described as one of the deadliest for journalists in Afghanistan, with the war by the Taliban being the main source of violence.

Afghan security forces keep watch at a check point close to a compound of Afghanistan's national intelligence agency in Kabul, Afghanistan.

An Islamic State suicide bomber has struck a Shiite cultural center in Kabul, killing at least 41 people and underscoring the extremist group's growing reach in Afghanistan even as its self-styled caliphate in Iraq and Syria has been dismantled.

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement that "The United States strongly condemns today's barbaric attack at a cultural and social center in Kabul, Afghanistan, and offers its deepest condolences to the victims and their families".

The Interior Ministry said it was a suicide attack during a morning panel at the centre, with one journalist working for the agency confirmed dead and another injured.

Earlier this week at least 10 people were killed after a suicide attacker detonated a bomb in an attack claimed by ISIS. "We remain confident the Afghan government and people, supported by their friends and partners, will defeat those behind these bad acts". "The United States continues to stand with all Afghans in their pursuit of peace, security, and prosperity".

He called them attacks as against Islam and "all human values".

"With the Afghan capital hit once again, no one can credibly claim that Kabul safe". The Daesh terror group (banned in Russia), which attacked more than a dozen Shiite targets in Afghanistan in the past two years, including an October strike on a mosque that killed at least 57 worshipers, has claimed responsibility for the assault.

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