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A suicide bomb attack killed dozens at a cultural center in Kabul


A suicide bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan has killed 41 people and injured dozens more.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, which hit the office of the Afghan Voice news agency, and a Shia cultural center on the floor below. Two subsequent blasts in the same building left no injuries.

Suicide Bomb Attack in Afghanistan
People help an injured man to the hospital following a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan.

At the time of the attack, about 100 people were gathering at the cultural center for an event marking the anniversary of the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. A bomber entered the crowded area and detonated the weapon, according to a witness.

Afghanistan Bomb Attack
Afghans are seen through the shattered window of a cultural center after a suicide attack.

It's been one of the country's deadliest years on record. ISIS and the Taliban have claimed responsibility for numerous attacks over the last few months, both in the capital and elsewhere. Just days ago, another suicide bomber killed 10 people near diplomatic offices. That attack was also claimed by ISIS.

In a statement released on Thursday, human rights group Amnesty International condemned European governments who forcibly return Afghan refugees to their home country, saying that doing so is "putting their lives in danger," and that after the most recent attack, "no one can credibly claim that Kabul is safe."

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