The Wall Street Journal: Suicide attack in Kabul kills at least 35, wounds dozens

KABUL—A suicide bomber struck a Shiite Muslim cultural center in the Afghan capital on Thursday, killing at least 35 people and wounding dozens more, authorities said.

The bomber blew himself up at the Tibayan Cultural Center, in a predominantly Shiite neighborhood in southwestern Kabul, during commemorations marking the 38th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, Interior Ministry officials said.

The main blast was followed by two smaller explosions, the officials and witnesses said.

The Taliban, Afghanistan’s main insurgency, denied involvement in the attack, the latest in a series of assaults on Shiite institutions in Afghanistan. The Afghan affiliate of Islamic State has claimed responsibility for several such attacks in recent months. A news organization, the Afghan Voice Agency, has offices adjacent to the cultural center.

A version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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