Daesh claims responsibility for suicide bombing that killed more than 60 would-be voters in Kabul

An Afghan man runs away as dust blows in the aftermath of a blast. (AFP)
Updated 22 April 2018
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Daesh claims responsibility for suicide bombing that killed more than 60 would-be voters in Kabul

  • The attack will not deter Afghans from voting, says Afghanistan's chief executive Abdullah Abdullah
  • The attack was the deadliest against the elections process since the launch of registration more than a week ago in Afghanistan

KABUL: Daesh claimed responsibility for a suicide attack that killed more than 60 would-be voters in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Sunday.

The attack may cause further concern among Afghans who already seem disinterested in registering for the crucial elections to select a new parliament and choose new members for provincial councils on Oct. 20.

It occurred in the Dashte Barchi part of Kabul, a Shia-dominated area where Daesh has conducted a number of deadly attacks against the Shia-populated areas in recent months.

Interior ministry officials said the bomber blew himself up outside offices used for voters’ registration where, according to the health ministry, 63 died and 119 other people were wounded.

Some schoolchildren were among the victims, hospital officials told Arab News.

Blood-stained National ID papers and voters’ photos are seen on the ground outside a voter registration center, after a suicide attack in Kabul, Sunday, April 22, 2018. (AP Photo)

Abdullah Abdullah, the country’s chief executive, in a tweet, said the attack will not deter Afghans from voting.

“I strongly condemn the terrorist attack on the voters’ registration center in Kabul. I stand with those affected by this cowardly attack. Our resolve for fair and transparent elections will continue and terrorists won’t win against the will of the Afghan people.”

Sunday’s attack was the deadliest against the elections process since the launch of registration more than a week ago in Afghanistan. Other attacks were minor and happened in remote areas.

The turnout of those registering is said to be far lower — a sign of lack of interest among Afghans because of fraudulent past elections and the way many leaders and politicians failed to deliver on even minor promises given during the campaign.


2 shot at Oklahoma restaurant; suspect dead

Updated 57 min 44 sec ago
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2 shot at Oklahoma restaurant; suspect dead

  • Police say the shooting appeared to be a random act.
  • A handgun-carrying civilian in the parking lot averted a possible slaughter by shooting the gunman dead, police said

OKLAHOMA CITY: A man armed with a pistol walked into an Oklahoma City restaurant at the dinner hour Thursday and opened fire, wounding two customers, before being shot dead by a handgun-carrying civilian in the parking lot, police said.
The shooting happened about 6:30 p.m. at Louie’s On The Lake, a restaurant on Lake Hefner in the Oklahoma capital.
A woman and a female juvenile were undergoing surgery for gunshot wounds but apparently “are going to survive,” said Capt. Bo Matthews, a police spokesman. A man suffered a broken arm while trying to escape the shooting.
A family member told KOCO-TV that her daughter and 12-year-old granddaughter were shot while entering the restaurant for the girl’s birthday dinner. Authorities have not identified the injured patrons.
The suspect’s identity also was not immediately known, Matthews said. The shooting appeared to be a random act.
“We have no reason to believe this is a terrorist type of incident,” Matthews said. The motive was unclear otherwise, and the onsite investigation was expected to extend into the early morning hours as law enforcement personnel interview about 100 eyewitnesses, he said.