Three journalists among 41 killed in Kabul blasts

KABUL: Around 41 people including three journalists have reportedly been killed and more than 80 wounded in suicide attack and bomb blasts in the Afghan capital, Kabul on Thursday.

According to media reports, a Shia cultural organisation was the target but the Afghan Voice news agency was also targeted. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.

The interior ministry said that an explosion at the Shia centre was followed by at least two more blasts. Students were among those who had gathered at the Shia centre for a discussion forum. The interior ministry said the event was to mark the 38th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. The initial explosion was followed by at least two others, although the ministry said these did not cause any fatalities.

The health ministry’s latest figures say 41 people died and 84 were hurt, with women and children among the casualties.

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