Kabul, April 22: At least 48 people died and several others were left wounded after a suicide bomber blew up outside a voter registration centre today in western Kabul’s Dasht-e Barchi. Public Health Ministry spokesperson Wahid Majro confirmed the escalated death toll. Initially, it was reported that only four were dead while 15 others were wounded. Meanwhile, Kabul police chief General Daud Amin said the suicide bomber preyed upon civilians who were there to collect their national identification cards. Dasht-e Barchi which is mainly inhabited by Shi’ite Hazara minority has been attacked repeatedly over a period of time.

It is being speculated that the Islamic State is responsible for the attack since Taliban denied any sort of involvement in the suicide bombing case. Afghanistan which will hold its parliamentary elections in October is facing hostility from both the militant outfit for the same. Both the terrorist factions condemn democratic elections and vehemently oppose it as well.

The suicide bombing which rocked the western Kabul damaged a lot of property as well as several vehicles. The huge explosion shattered windows which were miles away from the attack site. Following the attack, police blocked all roads and the injured people were rushed to the hospitals.

Referring to the  attack, India said it was not only an attack on innocent civilians but also an attack on the democratic rights of the Afghan people.

“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,” it said.

Condemning the strikes in Kabul and Baghlan and calling them “cowardly and barbaric”, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said India stands ready to extend all possible assistance, including for treatment of those injured in the attacks.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family members of the victims, and we wish quick and complete recovery to the injured,” the MEA said.

India has been actively involved in reconstruction of war-ravaged Afghanistan and it has been pushing for an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led reconciliation process in the country to bring permanent peace and stability there.

Speaking on the suicide bombing, Interior Ministry spokesmanNajib Danesh said how a bomber approached the voter registration centre where people were getting their identity cards for the parliamentary elections which will be held in October this year. Several voter registration centres have been set up across Afghanistan and people as well as officials have constantly being fearing attack. As per officials, at least three police officers were killed by militants last week who were responsible for guarding voter registration centers in two provinces of Afghanistan.