More Than 40 Dead After Explosions In Afghanistan's Capital

Afghan security forces stand guard near the site of multiple blasts in Kabul

Doctors from Istiqlal hospital in Kabul city who treated the majority of wounded from Thursday's suicide attack on the Tebyan Cultural Center said most victims were young people.

Thursday's bloodshed follows an attack on a private television station in Kabul last month, which was also claimed by the local affiliate of Islamic State.

The blasts hit a Shiite cultural center and the Afghan Voice news agency.

Photographs sent by witnesses showed what appeared to be serious damage at the site, in a heavily Shia Muslim area in the west of the capital, and a number of dead and wounded on the ground.

1TV News, quoting an interior ministry spokesman, said a suicide bomber was likely to have been behind the attack.

Two children were among the dead and 84 people were injured in the blast, according to a Health Ministry spokesman. "Our mutual enemies must know they will not win and the Afghan people will not be silenced", said the mission, which comprises mostly American troops.

Rahimi said there were two other explosions on the street outside of the building as people were gathering to help those injured by the first blast. CNN reports nearly 100 people were at the cultural center at the time for the anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

Responding to criticism over a lack of security around the building, Afghan officials said the cultural center did not inform police prior to holding Thursday's event. In October, ISIS claimed responsibility for twin attacks on Shiite mosques in Afghanistan that killed almost 60 people.

The Taliban insurgency distanced itself from the attack, saying its fighters do not target civilian facilities, especially those housing education and cultural centers.

The U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan called the attack "another truly despicable crime in a year already marked by unspeakable atrocities".

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