57 killed in bombing at Kabul voter centre

An Afghan man inspects the site of a blast in Kabul Afghanistan

The attack took place at a government office where people were registering to vote for the country's upcoming October parliamentary elections.

People gather around the scene of a suicide bomb attack that targeted a voter registration center in Kabul, Afghanistan on Sunday.

The Jordanian government condemns and rejects such acts of terrorism targeting innocent people, Minister of State for Media Affairs and Government Spokesperson, Mohammed Momani, said in a statement on Sunday.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.

The United Nations also expressed outrage at the bombing. Those cards were what people were lining up to get when the suicide bomber struck on Sunday.

The dead included 21 women and five children, killed when the blast hit the queue outside. The enrollment for new ID cards, which began April 14, is the first step in the election process.

The Government of India condemned in the strongest terms the "cowardly and barbaric" suicide attack in Afghanistan's capital Kabul and in the country's Baghlan province which claimed the lives of at least 58 people.

"This senseless violence shows the cowardice and inhumanity of the enemies of democracy and peace in Afghanistan", US ambassador John Bass wrote on Twitter.

"There were women, children. God damn the attackers".

Afghan police and troops forces have been tasked with protecting polling centres, even as they struggle to get the upper hand against militants on the battlefield.

Last week, three police officers responsible for guarding voter registration centres in two Afghan provinces were killed by militants, according to authorities.

The Afghan officials have made a decision to hold parliamentary and district councils elections in Afghanistan on October 20.

Both IS and the more well-established Taliban have stepped up attacks across Afghanistan in recent years.

The same channel showed angry crowds shouting "death to the government", and, before the IS claim of responsibility, "death to the Taliban". That attack killed 31 people and wounded 65 others.

It said a suicide bomber wearing an explosive belt had targeted the centre, which is in the Dashte Barchi area of western Kabul. I wish Allah's mercy upon those who martyred, speedy recovery to the wounded, and convey my deep condolences to victims' families.

Afghanistan's global partners have insisted that the elections should be held this year before a presidential vote due in 2019, although there has been widespread scepticism that they will go ahead.

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