Publicado: Lun, Abril 23, 2018
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Attack on Would-Be Voters Leaves 57 Dead in Afghanistan

Attack on Would-Be Voters Leaves 57 Dead in Afghanistan

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the bombing, which targeted a neighborhood of ethnic Hazaras, members of the country's Shiite minority, in the western part of the city. "Everyone had come to get their identity cards", said Mr Bashir Ahmad, who had been near the blast, which occurred despite heightened security measures following the attack in January.

Bloodstained voters' registration papers are seen on the ground at the scene of the attack.

In a statement posted on Twitter, Bass said: "I strongly condemn this morning's suicide attack on a voter registration center in #Kabul and offer my condolences to the victims and their families".

An Afghan police walks outside a voter registration center which was attacked by a suicide bomber in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, April 22, 2018.

"What makes this attack particularly reprehensible is the fact that the terrorists and their backers chose to attack a voters' registration centre for the upcoming parliamentary and district council elections", it stated.

An Afghan official says that at least five people were killed when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in the northern Baghlan province. TV footage showed pools of blood and shattered glass on the street. "God damn the attackers".

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An Afghan police walks out a voter registration centre which was assaulted by Means of a suicide bomber at Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, April 22, 2018. 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".

The other day, three police accountable for protecting voter enrollment centres were murdered by militants, based on authorities.

Last week, two police officers in the eastern city of Jalalabad were killed outside a voter registration center, while a voter center in the central province of Ghor was burned down last week and electoral officials briefly abducted.

The Afghan government announced on February 28 it would be willing to recognize the Taliban as a legitimate political party as part of a potential ceasefire agreement with the Islamist militant group.

The government has been pushing people to register at more than 7,000 polling centres around the country as it seeks to hold credible and fraud-free elections. That attack was just one week after the Taliban claimed responsibility for an Intercontinental Hotel bombing that killed more than 20 people.

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