12 killed, 57 wounded in a blast at voter registration centre in Kabul

A sandal belonging to a bomb victim is pictured on a road at the site of a suicide bombing attack in Kabul. Photograph: (AFP)(Wion Web Team Team Kabul, Afghanistan) – A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a voter registration centre in the Afghan capital Kabul on Sunday, killing at least 12 people and wounding more than 57, officials said.

The attack follows several weeks of relative quiet in Kabul and there was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danesh said a bomber on foot approached the centre where officials had been issuing identity cards as part of a process of registering voters for parliamentary elections this year.

An adviser to the Kabul police chief said at least 12 people were dead and more than 57 wounded but the final toll may increase.

Pictures apparently of the immediate aftermath of the blast that was shared on social media sites showed four bodies, including women, lying on the ground and cars partially destroyed by the blast.

Voter registration centres have been set up across Afghanistan ahead of long-delayed parliamentary and district council elections due to be held in October and there have been serious concerns that militants might attack them.

Sunday’s blast took place in Dasht-e Barchi, an area of western Kabul inhabited by many members of the mainly Shi’ite Hazara minority, which has been repeatedly hit by attacks claimed by Islamic State.

(With inputs from Reuters)

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