By Kyle James  |  12-28-2017   News
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The lingering effects of war in the Middle East are still taking its toll on Afghanistan as a suicide attack at a Shia center in Kabul just took the lives of 40 people and wounded 30 more.

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The interior ministry says a suicide blast was followed by two more explosions in the area but no one has claimed responsibility for the attack yet. The Islamic State has been carrying out attacks on Shia targets across the country for months.

The Taliban sought to get ahead of the event by saying they were not involved. Images shared on social media show bodies strewn across a courtyard moments after the blast.

Nasrat Rahimi, Deputy interior ministry spokesman, told a French media outlet, "The target of the attack was the Tabayan cultural center. A ceremony was being held to mark the 38th anniversary of the Soviet invasion in Afghanistan when the explosion went off."

Several students were among those attending a discussion with members of the media when the blast took place. The media branch of the Shia organization, Afghan Press, says that so far dozens of bodies have been extracted from the rubble and dozens more are being taken to hospitals.

Last October, The Goldwater reported on a similar suicide attack carried out by the Islamic State that left 50 dead.

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