The death toll from the suicide blast on the Afghan voter registration yesterday in Kabul has climbed to at least 57.
Yesterday, in another deadly morning in Afghanistan, a terrorist attacked the voter registration center in Kabul. Afghanistan’s public health spokesman, Wahid Majrod, said that dozens other were also injured.
— CGTN (@CGTNOfficial) April 22, 2018
The suicide bomber detonated himself at the gate of the building about 10 a.m. local time, Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish said. Afghanistan was preparing for upcoming October elections with registration opened on April 14.
Among hundreds of papers & dozens of shoes left on the side of bombing in west Kabul, I saw photos of these two little kids and keep thinking of them not to be among victims… what a horrible life we have in Kabul. #Kabul #DashteBarchi pic.twitter.com/cEO6NRrZ8r
— Ehsanullah Amiri (@euamiri) April 22, 2018
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said the Kabul attack and another reported in Pul-e-Khumri were “heinous terrorist attacks.” “I wish Allah’s mercy upon those who martyred, speedy recovery to the wounded, and convey my deep condolences to victims’ families. I instructed relevant institutions to provide support and care to those affected,” Ghani said on Twitter. The US Ambassador to Afghanistan, John Bass, said the Kabul attack was “senseless.”
I strongly condemn this morning’s suicide attack on a voter registration center in #Kabul and offer my condolences to the victims and their families. This senseless violence shows the cowardice and inhumanity of the enemies of democracy and peace in #Afghanistan. pic.twitter.com/a2Y5oNN1m7
— John R. Bass (@USAmbKabul) April 22, 2018
In a statement posted on Twitter, Bass said: “I strongly condemn this morning’s suicide attack on a voter registration center in #Kabul and offer my condolences to the victims and their families. This senseless violence shows the cowardice and inhumanity of the enemies of democracy and peace in #Afghanistan.” There was also widespread condemnation of attack on social media:
Hamid Karzai strongly condemns the terrorist attack on a voter registration center in #Kabul that killed and wounded our compatriots. Former President said” such attacks are intended solely to undermine our civil liberties and cause fear & terror. Former President extended…
— Hamid Karzai (@KarzaiH) April 22, 2018
Strongly condemn the attack in #Kabul today at a voter registration centre. The loss of life is tragic and my thoughts are with the victims and their families. The U.K. stands with Afghanistan – attacks will not stop free and fair elections.
— Mark Field MP (@MarkFieldUK) April 22, 2018
I condemn this morning’s blast in #Kabul. The enemies of peace & democracy will not win. My condolences for the victims & wishing speedy recovery for the injured.
— Nick Kay (@NicholasK111) April 22, 2018
I no longer feel safe in #Kabul. I am worried, not just about myself but my family and my two younger brother. They are shocked today as they were after a suicide bomber blew himself up in front of Musalla over a month ago. The site of today's attack is also close to our house.
— Jalil Pazhwak (@Jalilpa) April 22, 2018