Islamic State claims responsibility for attack in Kabul, killing dozens
Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a blast that hit a voter registration centre in the Afghan capital Kabul, ABC News reported citing the militant group's AMAQ news agency.
The blast, carried out by a suicide bomber wearing an explosive vest, killed at least 31 people and wounded 54 others, a health ministry spokesman said.
The attack targeted a project of key importance to the credibility of President Ashraf Ghani's Western-backed Government, which has pledged to hold parliamentary elections this year.
Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danesh said a bomber on foot approached the centre where officials had been issuing identity cards as part of a process of registering voters for the election scheduled for October.
The explosion destroyed cars and shattered windows in nearby buildings, leaving rubble strewn across the street.
The blast took place in Dasht-e Barchi, an area of western Kabul inhabited by many members of the mainly Shi'ite Hazara minority, which has been repeatedly hit by attacks claimed by Islamic State.