Kabul blast kills 25 at Afghan Voice news agency, cultural center

Kabul blast: US condemns attack, vows to 'work closely' with Afghanistan to hunt down terrorists

Deputy Health Minister Feda Mohammad Paikan said 35 bodies had been brought into a nearby hospital, while media showed the injured suffering serious burns.

At least 40 people were killed and over 30 injured here on Thursday in a suicide attack inside an Islamic religious school situated in a building which also houses the offices of an Afghan news agency. They then set off explosive devices in the basement of the building where scores of people had gathered to mark the December 1979 invasion of Afghanistan by the former Soviet Union, he said.

It was the latest claimed assault by the Middle Eastern jihadist group in Kabul, which in recent months has become one of the deadliest places in the war-torn country for civilians.

Afghan security forces near the scene in Kabul on Thursday.

"The target of the attack was the Tabayan cultural centre".

Interior Ministry deputy spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said at least 40 people had been killed and 30 wounded in the blast, with numerous victims being students.

The attack took place opposite the offices of the Afghan Voice news agency. He called them attacks against Islam and "all human values".

August 25: 20 people killed in an attack on a Shiite mosque, for which ISIS claims responsibility.

According to officials, women, children and journalists are among the dead.

Rahimi said the main blast was followed by two smaller bomb explosions that did not cause casualties.

Before Thursday's attack, two journalists and five media assistants were killed doing their jobs this year in the country, according to a report this month by Reporters Without Borders, an organization that works to protect freedom of press. Security in the city has been ramped up since May 31 when a massive truck bomb ripped through the diplomatic quarter, killing some 150 people and wounding around 400 others - mostly civilians.

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