Kabul voter registration blast: 57 dead

Kabul voter registration blast: 57 dead

A witness to the attack named Akbar told Tolo TV, "Now we know the government can not provide us security: we have to get armed and protect ourselves".

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.

Voter registration began this month for legislative elections which are due to take place in October.

Also yesterday, a roadside bomb near a voter registration centre in the northern city of Pul-i Khumri killed six members of a family and wounded three as they drove past the site, although there was no indication the attacks were linked.

Tadamichi Yamamoto, who heads the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), said the attack "appears to be part of a wholly unacceptable effort by extremists to deter Afghan citizens from carrying out their constitutional right to take part in elections". Another 112 people were wounded. In this respect, France reaffirms its support for the initiatives presented by President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan during the second meeting of the Kabul Process for Peace and Security Cooperation on February 28.

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"The government has been calling on people to get registered and vote, and now I'm holding an ID and a voting card of a victim fallen in blood", Jawad said.

The first of Monday's near-simultaneous attacks in western Badghis province hit army units in the district of Ab Kamari, killing nine soldiers, said Ghulam Sarwar Haidari, the deputy provincial police chief.

A woman shouts and cries at a hospital after she lost her son in a suicide attack on a voter registration center in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sunday. Taliban militants released the five on Thursday.

Officials have been pushing people to register amid fears a low turnout will undermine the credibility of the polls. The militant group has been launching a series of attacks on Kabul this year targeting the Shia Muslim minority.

Afghan security forces have struggled to prevent a recent surge in attacks both by the local Islamic State affiliate as well as the more firmly established Taliban.

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