Suicide Bomber Kills Dozens At Voting Center In Afghanistan

In Afghanistan, a suicide bomber has killed at least 57 people going to vote at a center in Kabul, according to a Public Health Ministry spokesperson. Additional 100 others have been injured. Afghan police say 22 women and eight children are among the dead.

Pictures of the attack show a scene of chaos and terror in the country's capital - people scattered on the ground, personal documents abandoned, streets stained crimson with blood, vehicles damaged by the blast. The AP reportsthe bomb's vibration could be felt across the city, shattering windows miles away. Following the blast, abandoned victims' shoes were placed in a row, perhaps for people to claim afterwards.

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack. The terrorist group's Amaq News Agency says it targeted Shiite "apostates."

Afghan police say many of the people killed were waiting in line outside the center, attempting to receive national identification cards in order to vote. Parliamentary elections are currently scheduled for October. Voter registration in Afghanistan has been low - groups in opposition to the government have threatened violence at such centers, and a string of fraudulent and delayed elections have caused voter apathy. Millions are yet to register, and if they don't, the vote is likely to be delayed. Parliamentary elections have already been delayed by three years. read more

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Suicide Bomber Kills Dozens At Voting Center In Afghanistan