Dozens dead in bombing at Kabul voter registration centre

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Islamic State have brazenly claimed responsibly for the attack in the Afghan capital as civilians waited for their identity cards for the upcoming October election.

The Afghan government announced on February 28 it would be willing to recognize the Taliban as a legitimate political party as part of a potential ceasefire agreement with the Islamist militant group.

A public health ministry official said ambulances evacuated at least six wounded, adding that the death toll was expected to rise, according to Al Jazeera News. This will be the first time in Afghani history that elections will be held on the basis of formal voters lists. Explosions and suicide attacks in Shia and Hazara dominated areas can be seen as an effort from terrorist groups to instill fear and exclude them from voting.

The Taliban denied involvement in the attack, which indicates it may have been carried out by an Islamic State affiliate.

Meanwhile, at least five people were killed when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in the northern Baghlan province on Sunday.

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Last week, a number of voter registration facilities came under attack by militants.

Pictures apparently of the immediate aftermath of the blast that were shared on social media sites showed four bodies, including women, lying on the ground and cars partially destroyed by the blast. He said around a dozen insurgents were also killed in the battle, which is still going on.

Mr Durrani identified the slain commander as Halim Khanjar, police chief for the Char Bolak district.

The Afghan capital is braced for the Taliban's launch of its customary spring offensive.

Some Western and Afghan officials expect 2018 to be a particularly bloody year.

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