ISIS Claims Blast at Afghan Intelligence Agency in Kabul

ISIS Claims Blast at Afghan Intelligence Agency in Kabul

ISIS Claims Blast at Afghan Intelligence Agency in Kabul

At least 40 people were killed and dozens more wounded in a suicide attack on Tebyan center in Pule Sokhtia area of Kabul on Thursday morning, health officials confirmed.

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

"This gruesome attack underscores the dangers faced by Afghan civilians", Reuters reported rights group Amnesty International saying in a statement from its South Asia Director, Biraj Patnaik.

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

He said one reporter at the agency had been killed and one injured.

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No claims of responsibility have been made for the explosion - in Kabul, Afghanistan - and the Taliban has issued a statement denying any involvement.

The incident follows an attack on a private television station in Kabul last month.

According to officials, women, children and journalists are among the dead. "Afghanistan struggles to protect its journalists in this increasingly violent civil war", a note on the website said.

The ISIS's local affiliate, which first appeared in eastern Afghanistan near the border with Pakistan in early 2015, has become increasingly active and has claimed several recent suicide attacks in Kabul.

Over the years, several worldwide media watchdogs have condemned the freedom and impunity given to the militants and other extremists to conduct such attacks against journalists.

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