Kirsters Baish| Today brought yet another violent attack by the Islamic State. A cultural center in Afghanistan’s capital was attacked today leaving at least 41 people dead and 84 injured. Some are suffering from severe burns after the explosions went off.
It has been reported that ISIS used three separate bombs as well as a suicide bomber who killed himself inside the Shiite Muslim cultural center located in Kabul. Citizens had gathered at the cultural center in order to mark the 38th anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan by the former Soviet Union.
Witnesses stated that one bomber made his way into the Tabian Social and Cultural Center. He was seen sitting with those attending the gathering when he set off the bomb that was strapped to him.
Numerous other explosions went off right outside the building while innocent bystanders were fleeing the scene.
A student by the name of Mohammad Hasan Rezayee explained to Tolo News, “We were inside the hall in the second row when an explosion from behind took place. After the blast there was fire and smoke inside the building and everyone was pleading for help.”
A large handful of those who were attending the event were students. Officials have explained that numerous women and children were injured in the attack as well.
The basement level of the cultural center was covered in blood. Survivors were left to sort through to debris to find any bodies or injured victims.
Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish explained that they were unsure of the number of suicide bombers show were involved with the attack.
President Ashraf Ghani described the attack as a “crime against humanity.”
President Ghani went on to say in a formal statement, “The terrorist have killed our people. The terrorists have attacked our mosques, our holy places and now our cultural center.”
He described the attacks against Islam as attacks against “all human values.”
A pro-Iranian news agency called Afghan Voice was housed at the cultural center as well. One journalist who works for the agency, Ali Reza Ahmadi, explained that he was in his office on the second floor of the building at the time of the explosion.
Ahmadi explained, “I jumped from the roof toward the basement yelling at people to get water to put out the fire. Survivors were coming out. I saw one boy with cuts to his feet and others with burns all over their faces.”
Another journalist who works for the same agency explained to Reuters that a reporter with the agency had been killed in the attack and two others with the agency were among those wounded.
The New York Post reported:
The local Islamic State affiliate, which is made up of Sunni extremists, has vowed to target Afghanistan’s Shiites and has taken credit for at least two attacks on mosques in Kabul and one in the western city of Herat this year.
The horrific scene at the cultural center was the follow-up of another attack that took place last month at a private television station in Kabul. ISIS also claimed responsibility for this attack.
US Ambassador to Afghanistan John R. Bass released a statement in which he explained the attack as “horrific.” He also stated “we remain confident the Afghan government and people, supported by their friends and partners, will defeat those behind these terrible acts.”
Below is a clip about the attacks from Fox News: