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KABUL, AFGHANISTAN: At least 40 people were killed and many others wounded in multiple blasts at a Shiite cultural centre in Kabul on Thursday, officials said, in the latest violence to hit the Afghan capital.

“The target of the attack was the Tabayan cultural centre. A ceremony was being held to mark the 38th anniversary of Soviet-invasion in Afghanistan when the explosion went off,” deputy interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi told AFP.

The centre is near to the Afghan Voice Agency, a media outlet which earlier reports had suggested could be the target.

ISIS claims responsibility for Kabul bombings that killed 40 people. The explosion took place around 10.30 am in the Qala-e-Nazar area, Nasrat Rahimi, the ministry said, adding that the victims included women and children.

Terror group Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at a Shiite cultural centre in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul today that killed about 40 people.

In a statement on its propaganda outlet Amaq, the group said that it targeted the centre with three bombs followed by a suicide bombing.

According to the Interior Ministry, at least 40 people were killed and over 30 injured in a suicide attack inside a cultural centre in the capital.

The explosion took place around 10.30 am in the Qala-e-Nazar area, Nasrat Rahimi, the ministry said, adding that the victims included women and children.

Rahimi said that the building where the attack took place also houses the office of the Sada-E-Afghanistan (Afghan Voice) news agency and a mosque.

(This story has not been edited by THE JAIHIND EXPRESS staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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