Afghanistan explosion: Shia organisation hit in Kabul

In May, ISIL claimed an attack targetting an Afghan state television building in Jalalabad that killed six people. The death toll was expected to rise.

Explosions caused what Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's office calls "a massacre" in a Shiite area in Kabul on Thursday.

India expressed solidarity with Afghanistan "at this hard time" and added that it is "committed to extending all possible support in their fight against the menace of terrorism and efforts to bring peace, stability and security in the country", the statement further read.

Ten people were also killed in a suicide bomb attack near the compound of Afghanistan's intelligence agency in Kabul on Monday. "Our mutual enemies must know they will not win and the Afghan people will not be silenced", said the mission, which comprises mostly American troops. An online statement said the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber, and that three other bombs were also used.

In October, at least 39 people were killed in an attack on a mosque belonging to the Shia minority.

More broadly, the Afghan capital has come under attack several times in 2017.

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According to the Interior Ministry, the explosion at the Shia center was followed by at least two more blasts. A local Shiite leader said one of the bombers was sitting unnoticed among the participants when he detonated his device.

The presidential palace said in a statement the Afghan government is committed to eliminating terrorism.

The Taliban insurgency distanced itself from the attack, saying its fighters do not target civilian facilities, especially those housing education and cultural centers.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid issued statement on Twitter denying involvement.

The attack struck on the three-year anniversary of the day that the US -led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation coalition officially ended its combat mission in Afghanistan, handing off many security duties to local forces.

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