A suicide bomber attacked the Hazara voter registration center in Dashte Barchi, a Hazara enclave in Kabul, while waiting in line for ID for district elections. The death toll is steadily rising, although the numbers are conflicting at this time. ISIS claimed responsibility.
The Hazaras are an ethnic group native to the region of Hazarajat in central Afghanistan. They are reportedly descendants of Genghis Khan, and speak their own dialect. Their influence has been growing in recent years, even though they are only about 20% of Afghanistan’s total population, according to Al Jazeera. They are said to be primarily Shi’ites, which have been a target of ISIS for several years.
People were waiting in line to obtain ID cards, which are required to register to vote in the October elections. The Ministry of Public Health confirmed the death toll at 48 in Sunday’s deadly bombing in Kabul, but that is expected to rise. Dead were 22 men, 21 women and 5 children; the number of wounded was also revised to 112.
At least 48 people were killed when a suicide bomber attacked a voting station in Kabulhttps://t.co/hsQNMlA6M1
— CBS 21 News (@CBS21NEWS) April 22, 2018
— Ehsanullah Amiri (@euamiri) April 22, 2018
A suicide bombing outside a voter registration center killed 31 and wounded 51 others in Kabul. https://t.co/rWBJKjCl37
— Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) April 22, 2018
— Inquilab times (@InquilabTimes) April 22, 2018
— National Post (@nationalpost) April 22, 2018
Another attack in Kabul that saw the death toll jumping from 6 to 31. When most of the areas are under the Taliban or contested, people still believed in their constitutional right and flocked to the voting stations. Many of those hopes are lost today. https://t.co/D9TUFGhk41
— Shereena Qazi (@ShereenaQazi) April 22, 2018
40 Innocents Hazara women and children died in Kabul today during enrollments for voting in the next election and more than 60 were wounded. pic.twitter.com/nDenTKiOWq
— ali khorrami (@alikhorrami12) April 22, 2018
Next few months will be v deadly in Afghanistan bc it’s the start of the next presidential election, not only will the Taliban carry out mass bombings to prevent people voting, but candidates themselves will be carrying out mass political corruption to get people to vote #Kabul
— مرسل (@morsalsarajzada) April 22, 2018
Today’s attack on a voting centre in Kabul took some 60 lives (the number is rising). pic.twitter.com/AylS23hG0p
— Wim Bartelds (@bartelds) April 22, 2018
Suicide attack kills 48 Hazaras in Dashte Barchi, a Hazara enclave in Kabul while waiting at voting registration for district elections. Kabul more unsafe than ever before.
— Shukufa Tahiri (@Shukufa_tahiri) April 22, 2018
A suicide bomber killed dozens of people outside a voter registration center in Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital.PEOPLE WILL KILL TO STOP PEOPLE FROM VOTING, THAT’S WHY DEMOCRACY IS HARD TO KEEP, ONCE YOU THINK YOU HAVE IT! https://t.co/nhv4fdJz98 via @HuffPost
— Laura Sessions (@laurasessions10) April 22, 2018
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