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>>
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e death toll in the weekend suicide attack in the Afghan capital of Kabul has climbed to at least 57 people. 8 of the dead so far were children and more than 100 were injured. The bomber blew up himself outside a voter registration center in Kabul on Sunday.
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Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack, the most serious assault yet on the country's preparations for October elections and a presidential poll next year. Authorities said the bomber approached the building on foot where people were waiting in line to sign up to register to vote.>>
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>> After I heard a bang, I rushed to the site of the blast. All the victims were women and children who were here to get their identity cards and register for elections.>> President Ashraf Ghani condemned the attack saying it quote cannot divert us from our aims or weaken this national democratic process.
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More than 7,000 voter centers have been set up around Afghanistan to handle about 10 million registrations. But there have already been at least three attacks on such centers since voter registration got underway earlier this month. Ghani has been under heavy pressure from his international partners to ensure the elections are held this year but there is widespread skepticism that they will actually take place.