Death toll in Kabul voter registration attack rises to 31

  • Death toll in Kabul voter registration attack rises to 31

Death toll in Kabul voter registration attack rises to 31

There were no immediate claims of responsibility for Sunday's bombing.

The suicide bomber targeted a crowd that had gathered to pick up national identification cards at a voter registration center in the capital.

"It happened at the entrance gate of the centre".

India has chose to supply four Mi-35 attack helicopters to Afghanistan over the next four months to help the war-ravaged nation intensify its anti-terror operations against the Pakistan-backed Taliban, Afghan diplomatic sources said.

The militant group has grown in influence in the country, particularly in the eastern province of Nangarhar, and has launched several mass casualty attacks in the capital. India had supplied four Mi-35 attack helicopters to Afghanistan in 2015-16 to strengthen Afghan forces.

The extremist group is opposed to democratic elections.

Public Health Ministry spokesman Wahid Majro confirmed the toll from Sunday's attack, originally placed at four dead and 15 wounded. The death toll may increase further, he said.

At least one police officer was killed and another person was wounded, officials said, blaming the Taliban.

The recent assaults underscore growing concerns about security in the lead-up to legislative elections scheduled for 20 October, which are seen as a test run for next year's presidential poll.

On Tuesday gunmen attacked a voter registration centre in the central province of Ghor, kidnapping three election workers and two policemen.

People gather outside a voter registration centre which was attacked by a suicide bomber in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sunday, April 22, 2018.