A suicide attack on an office of the Afghan Voice news agency and a neighbouring cultural centre in the capital Kabul killed dozens on Thursday, officials and witnesses said, with many of the victims students.
Interior Ministry deputy spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said at least 40 people had been killed and 30 wounded in the blast, the latest in a series to have hit media organizations in Kabul.
The attack occurred during a morning panel discussion at the centre, many of those attending students, witnesses said.
Sayed Abbas Hussaini, a journalist at the agency, said there appeared to have been more than one explosion during the attack, following an initial blast at the entrance to the compound. He said one reporter at the agency had been killed and one injured.
Photographs sent by witnesses showed what appeared to be serious damage at the site, in a heavily Shi’ite Muslim area in the west of the capital, and a number of dead and wounded on the ground.