Afghan Blast: Death Toll Reaches 48

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Kabul: The death toll from a suicide blast at an educational centre in a mainly Shi’ite area of the Afghan capital on Wednesday reached 48, with another 67 wounded, the health ministry said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the Kabul blast but the attack bore the hallmark of Islamic State, which has conducted many previous attacks on Shi’ite targets. The Taliban issued a statement denying it was involved.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan called for the fighting to stop, saying up to 150 civilians are estimated to have been killed in Ghazni, where the public hospital was overwhelmed and water and electricity supplies cut.

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