Afghan President Vows No Weakening Of Democratic Process After Deadly Blast

23 April, 2018, 21:51 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • Site of an attack at the Marshal Fahim military academy in Kabul

Najib Danish, interior ministry spokesman, posted on Facebook: "The final death toll from today's terrorist attack in Kabul reached 48 martyred and 112 wounded".

Afghan police say numerous people killed were waiting in line outside the center, attempting to receive national identification cards in order to vote.

The explosion destroyed cars and shattered windows in nearby buildings, leaving rubble strewn across the blood-stained street. Police blocked all roads to the blast site, with only ambulances allowed in.

ISIS claimed the attack, saying it targeted Shiite "apostates".

Anguish quickly turned to anger on social media as Afghans blamed the Kabul government for failing to protect its people - a constant refrain after such attacks.

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Last Tuesday, gunmen attacked a voter registration centre in the central province of Ghor, kidnapping three election workers and two policemen.

At least 57 people were killed in Kabul by a suicide bomber who walked into the crowd at the doorway of an ID distribution centre and detonated his explosives.

President Ghani - under worldwide pressure to hold long-delayed parliamentary elections this year - condemned the attack and said it "cannot divert us from our aims or weaken this national democratic process". Two police were also killed and five were wounded, Kabul police said in a statement.

Voter registration began this month but there have already been a number of attacks apparently aimed at disrupting the preparations.

Both groups regularly launch attacks, with the Taliban usually targeting the government and security forces and Isis targeting the country's Shia minority.

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General John Nicholson, the top U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation commander in Afghanistan, told Tolo TV last month that he expected the Taliban to carry out more suicide attacks this fighting season.

In the northern Balkh province, a district police chief died of his wounds after being shot on Saturday during a gun battle with insurgents.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the killing.

The voter registration process started on April 14 for the polls.

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