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Blast at Afghan news agency office, kills 40

 International Desk Daily-Bangladesh

 Published: 02:20 PM, 28 December 2017   Updated: 01:02 PM, 30 December 2017

At least 40 people were killed and 30 wounded in a suicide attack on the Afghan Voice news agency in a western area of the Afghan capital, Kabul on Thursday, an Interior Ministry spokesman said.

The interior ministry said, the suicide blast was followed by another two explosions in the area.

Images on social media showed a number of bodies in a courtyard following the blast.

Deputy interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said, "The target of the attack was the Tabayan cultural centre. A ceremony was being held to mark the 38th anniversary of the Soviet invasion in Afghanistan when the explosion went off."

A number of students were reportedly attending a discussion forum with media group members at the offices.

The head of Afghan Press, the media branch of the Shia organisation, told that so far dozens of bodies had been carried from the building and officials have reported dozens more being brought to hospitals.

No-one has yet said they were behind the attack, but the Taliban issued a statement denying any involvement.

In recent months, middle east base militant group Islamic State (ISIS) has been carrying out attacks on Shia targets across the country. In October, at least 39 people were killed in an attack on a mosque belonging to the Shia minority.