Kabul Attack Called 'Crime Against Humanity'

Dozens died in suicide attack on Shiite center
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 28, 2017 12:07 AM CST
People assist an injured woman following a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017.   (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
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(Newser) – Authorities say an attack on a Shiite Muslim cultural center in the Afghan capital has left at least 35 people dead and 20 wounded. Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish says an unknown number of suicide attackers set off an explosion outside the Kabul center before storming it, the AP reports. They then set off explosive devices in the basement of the building, where scores of people had gathered to mark the December 1979 invasion of Afghanistan by the former Soviet Union, the spokesman says.

Afghan president Ashraf Ghani called the attack a "crime against humanity." In a statement released by the presidential palace, Ghani says: "The (terrorists) have killed our people. The terrorists have attacked our mosques, our holy places and now our cultural center." He says the attacks are against Islam and "all human values." No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but the ISIS affiliate in Afghanistan has claimed several brutal attacks on Shiites in recent months in Kabul.

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