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>> Heavy security under high alert on this Afghan street after a suicide bomb left at least 40 people dead and 30 more wounded in the capital Kabul early Thursday. Officials say the explosion hit a news agency and neighboring Shiites cultural center. Many of the victims were students attending a conference.
A discussion on the anniversary of the Soviet invasion of the country. A journalist working for the bombed news agency says that one of his colleagues was killed and another two wounded. He also said that there appeared to be more than one blast. Islamic State said in an online statement that it was responsible for the attack.
The latest in a series the movement has claimed on Shiite targets in Kabul. High profile attacks in Afghanistan's big cities have continued despite heavy US airstrikes on militants across the country. Islamic State, opposed to both the Taliban and the government, has claimed a growing number of these assaults.
Thursday also marks the latest attack targeting Afghan media in recent years, after a private TV station was hit last month.