Blast at election centre in Afghan capital kills more than 50

Site of an attack at the Marshal Fahim military academy in Kabul

Site of an attack at the Marshal Fahim military academy in Kabul

The suicide bombing outside a voter and ID registration centre in Kabul killed at least 57 people, injured 119 and briefly blinded Rasuli, leaving him with leg and abdominal injuries.

Voter-registration began last week for parliamentary and district elections scheduled to take place on 20 October.

The group's AMAQ news agency did not name the attacker, who detonated himself in the predominantly Shiite Muslim neighborhood of Dasht-e-Barchi.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN. According to the Washington Post, Kabul police chief Mohammad Daoud Amin said a suicide bomber carrying explosives on his body started the blast.

In February, several people were killed and injured in a suicide attack in the Shashdarak area of Kabul, not far from the Kabul Green Zone where many diplomatic compounds are located.

Also, in the explosion committed by a suicide bomber in the crowd celebrating Nowruz, near the state University hospital of Ali-Abad in Kabul, killing at least 26 people.

Public Health Ministry spokesman Wahid Majro said that 22 women and eight children were among 57 who were killed. This senseless violence targeting innocent civilians exercising their fundamental democratic rights exposes the savagery and inhumanity of terrorists.

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"We hope the security forces prevent such terrorist attacks in future so that people can register to vote in a peaceful environment", Daulati told a meeting broadcast by Ariana TV.

More than 7,000 voter registration centers have been set up across Afghanistan to handle about 10 million registrations in a process that has been repeatedly disrupted by technical and organizational problems.

Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN's top official in the country, condemned the attack, saying he "feels a deep sense of revulsion".

Officials have acknowledged that security is a major concern because the Taliban and other militant groups control or contest large swathes of the country. Officials blamed the Taliban for the attack. "The tolls could still rise", Majro added.

Anguish quickly turned to anger on social media as Afghans blamed the Kabul government for failing to protect its people - a constant refrain after such attacks.

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

Both IS and the more well-established Taliban have stepped up attacks across Afghanistan in recent years.

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