Kabul-Baghlan blasts, attack on Afghans' democratic rights: India

ANI | Updated: Apr 22, 2018 19:58 IST

New Delhi [India], April 22 (ANI): Condemning Sunday morning's "cowardly" and "barbaric" explosions in Kabul and Pul-e-Khumri city, India has called them an attack on the democratic rights of Afghans.

One of the two explosions, occurred at an ID distribution and voter registration center at about 10 a.m. on Sunday morning in Afghan's capital city Kabul, claimed 48 lives and wounded about 112.

Kabul's acting police chief, Mohammad Daoud Amin, stated that a suicide">suicide bomber detonated his explosives in the door way of the offices, reported Afghan's TOLO News.

This explosion happened close to a voter registration center in the provincial capital, officials confirmed.

Two hours after the Kabul bombing, an explosion rocked Pul-e-Khumri city in Baghlan province, killing at least six people and wounding five others.

"This is not only an attack on innocent civilians but also an attack on the democratic rights of the Afghan people. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family members of the victims, and we wish quick and complete recovery to the injured. India stands ready to extend all possible assistance, including for treatment of those injured," the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) official spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, said, in a statement.

"What makes this attack particularly reprehensible is the fact that the terrorists and their backers chose to attack a voters' registration centre for the upcoming parliamentary and district council elections. The attack has resulted in the death of Afghans who firmly support and believe in the democratic process to empower themselves and make their voice heard," the statement added.

Afghanistan's Ministry of Public Health has confirmed the death toll and the number of wounded in both the explosions according to the reports.

"I strongly condemn the terrorist attack on voters' registration center in Kabul. I stand with those affected by this coward attack. Our resolve for fair and transparent elections will continue and terrorists won't win against the will of the Afghan people," Afghanistan's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah said, in a tweet.

Until now no individual or outfit has taken responsibility for the attack.(ANI)