White House condemns Afghanistan attack

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Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement that "The United States strongly condemns today's barbaric attack at a cultural and social center in Kabul, Afghanistan, and offers its deepest condolences to the victims and their families".

At least 40 people were killed and dozens more wounded in a suicide attack on Tebyan center in Pule Sokhtia area of Kabul on Thursday morning, health officials confirmed. The attack came as about 100 people had gathered to mark the anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the suicide bomb attack on a Shia cultural center in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul.

"This gruesome attack underscores the dangers faced by Afghan civilians", Reuters reported rights group Amnesty International saying in a statement from its South Asia Director, Biraj Patnaik.

On Monday, eight people were killed and two injured in a suicide bomb attack near an office of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) in the capital city's Shashdarken neighbourhood.

Meanwhile, the apparent attack on a media organization also prompted outrage in many like Mujib Khilwatgar, CEO of the Nai, a media advocacy group, who told Pajhwok New that the Afghan Voice news agency was the target of the attack. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, though the motive is likely to stem from Afghan Voice's Shiite links. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid issued statement on Twitter denying involvement. Women and children were among the dead at the center, which accounted for the vast majority of the casualties. An initial blast at the entrance to the compound housing the two offices was followed by two more explosions inside the offices.

Afghanistan is among the world's most risky countries for media workers, with two journalists and five media assistants killed doing their jobs this year, before today's attack.

Dawlat Abad District Gov. Mohammad Karim said Thursday the powerful mine killed six shepherd children Wednesday ages 10, 9 and 8.