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India condemns terror attack in Afghanistan

India condemns terror attack in Afghanistan

| @indiablooms | 22 Apr 2018, 07:11 pm

New Delhi,/Kabul, Apr 22 (IBNS): India on Sunday condemned the suicide blast in Afghanistan's capital city Kabul that killed at least 31 people.

India said the incident reflected that it was an attack on the democratic rights of the Afghan people.

"India strongly condemns the cowardly and barbaric terrorist attack in Kabul and Baghlan today," the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.

"What makes this attack particularly reprehensible is the fact that the terrorists and their backers chose to attack a voters’ registration centre for the upcoming parliamentary and district council elections. The attack has resulted in the death of Afghans who firmly support and believe in the democratic process to empower themselves and make their voice heard. This is not only an attack on innocent civilians but also an attack on the democratic rights of the Afghan people," it said.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family members of the victims, and we wish quick and complete recovery to the injured. India stands ready to extend all possible assistance, including for treatment of those injured," it said.

At least 31 people were killed in a suicide attack on a voter registration centre in the Dasht-i-Barchi area of Afghanistan's Kabul city on Sunday, media reports said.

The incident left 54 others injured.

Hashmatullah Stanikzai, a Kabul police official, told Pajhwok Afghan News the explosion happened when a suicide bomber targeted civilians who had gathered to receive identity cards at 10am.

Dr. Wahid Majroh, spokesman for the Ministry of Public Health, told the news agency 31 dead and 54 injured individuals had been evacuated to hospitals from the blast site.

Police have blocked the road which led to the blast site.

According to reports, huge explosion was heard across the city.

Several vehicles have been reportedly damaged, reports said.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.

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