40 people killed in Kabul blast at Shiite cultural center

  • The attacks are believed to been carried out by suicide bombers using grenades 
  • The Interior Ministry confirms that children are among the dead
  •  Taliban militants fighting US-led forces in Afghanistan have denied involvement

At least 40 people have been killed and many others wounded in multiple blasts at a Shia cultural centre in Kabul on Thursday, officials said.

The blasts – thought to have been carried out by suicide bombers – are the latest violence to hit the Afghan capital. 

They took place during a ceremony to mark the 38th anniversary of the Soviet invasion in the country.  

Afghan security forces stand guard near the site of multiple blasts in Kabul

A survivor quoted by local media said that at least one of the blasts went off as people convened at an Iranian-funded social and cultural activity centre for a meeting. A suicide bomber is believed to have detonated his explosives.

The attack took place at about 10.30am local time. Officials said that at least two other suicide bombers also used grenades in the attack.

Taliban forces fighting US-led Nato forces in Afghanistan have denied any involvement in the attack.


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