Islamic state, ISIS has claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb attack on a Shiites cultural centre that left 41 people dead and dozens injured.
The attack happened around 10:30 a.m on Thursday in the basement of a building in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul.
Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi confirmed that the explosion at the Shia centre was followed by at least two more blasts.
According to BBC, the event to mark the 38th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan was ongoing when a bomb detonated.
An eyewitness, Sayed Jan, told reporters from his hospital bed: “There was a book reading event and academic discussion, and I was one of the participants. During the speech a huge bang was heard and smoke rose from inside the hall.
“My face was burning. I fell down from the chair and I saw the other colleagues around me on the ground. The smoke was everywhere.”
Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it targeted the center because it “sends students to Iran to learn from the ayatollahs.”