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Suicide attack on Afghan capital Kabul voter registration centre kills 57

On Sunday, April 22nd 2018, a suicide attack targeted a voter registration centre in Kabul, Afghanistan, leaving at least 57 dead and a further 119 injured.

Those killed include at least 21 women and five children.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack which targeted the centre in the Dashte Barchi area of Kabul, which is mostly populated by Shia Muslims.

Voter registration centres have already seen at least four attacks since voter registration began a week ago.

Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) records casualties (i.e. people killed and injured) from explosive violence around the world as reported in English-language news sources.

Last year, AOAV recorded 5,661 deaths and injuries, of which 55% (3,119) were civilians. The number of civilians killed and injured increased 42% last year, compared to 2016.

It was the worst year AOAV had ever recorded for civilian harm from explosive weapons in Afghanistan.

AOAV calls on all states to urgently address the threat of IED attacks. There is an urgent need for preventative measures to be implemented by States and the international community.