Afghan Journalists Safety Committee recently reported a surge in attacks against journalists, with at least 73 cases recorded in 2017, an increase of 35 percent compared with 2016.
A suicide attack on the office of the Afghan Voice news agency and a neighboring cultural center in the capital Kabul killed dozens on Thursday, Reuters reported citing officials and witnesses. The attack came as about 100 people had gathered to mark the anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. In the past, Islamic State loyalists have singled out Shiites for attack, and the group claimed to be behind an attack last month on another news organization in Kabul, Shamshad TV.
The IS group statement said the attack was carried out by one bomber wearing a vest and followed three other bomb blasts in the same area.
The White House says President Donald Trump has been briefed on the Islamic State attack on a Shiite cultural center in Kabul, Afghanistan.
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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. He called them attacks against Islam and "all human values".
The ISIS's local affiliate, which first appeared in eastern Afghanistan near the border with Pakistan in early 2015, has become increasingly active and has claimed several recent suicide attacks in Kabul. He said that two blasts after the suicide bombing within the Tebyan center were caused by improvised explosive devices that inflicted relatively few casualties. Women and children were among the dead at the center, which accounted for the vast majority of the casualties.
Dawlat Abad District Gov. Mohammad Karim said Thursday the powerful mine killed six shepherd children Wednesday ages 10, 9 and 8.
Islamic State also claimed Monday's attack on the National Directorate of Security spy agency in a statement via their Amaq propaganda arm.