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ISIS Suicide Bombing Kills At Least 52 In Afghan Capital

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Ryan Pickrell China/Asia Pacific Reporter

A suicide bomber attacked a voter identification card distribution center in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday morning, killing at least 52 people and injuring more than 100 others, according to The Associated Press.

The bomber targeted civilians who were waiting in line outside the distribution center to receive their voter identification cards, Voice of America reported, citing Interior Ministry spokesman Najeeb Danish. At least 10 of the wounded victims are said to be in “highly critical” condition.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement carried by its Amaq New Agency.

Afghan security forces have struggled to prevent ISIS and Taliban terrorist attacks in recent months, as a string of attacks in the capital have left dozens of people dead.

Taliban gunmen raided the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, killing 22 people in January. Several days later, Taliban extremists detonated an ambulance packed with explosives outside a hospital, killing nearly 100 people and injuring numerous others. Around that same time, ISIS set off a car bomb outside a children’s charity, killing three and injuring over two dozen others.

In March, an ISIS suicide bomber blew himself up outside Kabul University, killing roughly 30 people and injuring many more.

The death toll for Sunday’s attack has been steadily rising throughout the morning.

This post will be updated as more information becomes available.

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