Blast at Afghan news agency in Kabul kills dozens

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The director of Istiqal Hospital Mohammad Sabir said these suicide bomb attack has killed 40 and wounded dozens including women and children.

The explosion early on Thursday struck an area close to both the Afghan Voice news agency and Tabyan cultural centre, local media reported, the Al Jazeera News reported. AFP quoted an interior ministry spokesman as saying it's unclear whether the target was the media company or a nearby mosque.

Deputy interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi told Agence France-Presse: "The target of the attack was the Tabayan cultural centre".

They took place during a ceremony to mark the 38th anniversary of the Soviet invasion in the country.

He said five people had been killed and 21 injured, but added that the toll was likely to change.

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.

Kabul has become one of the deadliest places in war-torn Afghanistan for civilians in recent months, as the Taliban step up their attacks and the ISIS seeks to expand its presence in the country.

The attack, the latest in a series to have hit media organizations in Kabul, occurred during a morning panel discussion at the center.

Although, it's not the first suicide attack in Kabul city.