The bomb ripped through a place near Kabul International Airport, where a collection of religious researchers took place, said the Afghan Interior Ministry. The attack took place at 6:15 pm. local time. At least 82 people were injured, reported the Ministry of Health.
The blast was carried out by a suicide bomber, according to Najib Dansk, spokesman for the Afghan Interior Ministry. The gathering was held to mark the Prophet Mohammed’s birthday, he said.
No liability claims have yet been made.
Despite the diplomatic efforts to end the 17th war in Afghanistan, the security situation in the country has deteriorated sharply in recent months.
In August, at least 34 people were killed in an attack targeting a training center. Among the victims, there were thought to be dozens of teenagers who studied English.
Since September, 20 people, including two journalists, were killed in twin bomb attacks at a wrestling club for which ISIS claimed responsibility. The second blast detonated after the rescue service, journalists and police officers arrived at the scene.
] In July, a UN report said that the number of Afghan civilians killed during the first six months of 2018 had reached record high. Nearly 1700 civilians were killed from January 1 to June 30, overall higher than at any comparable time in the last 10 years, according to the UN. Kabul was one of the most dangerous places in Afghanistan for civilians, said the report.