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Terrorist attack on voter registration center in Kabul widely condemned

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Terrorist attack on voter registration center in Kabul widely condemned
Terrorist attack on voter registration center has been strongly and widely condemned inside and outside of the country. Terrorists have once again targeted innocent Afghan civilians in Kabul city as all terrorist groups want to prevent the people from participation in voter registration process, but they won’t reach their goal.
The attack on Sunday morning in Dashte Barchi, in western Kabul, killed at least 57 people and wounded 119 others including women and children, although officials said the death toll could rise. 
The terrorist attack on voter registration center in Kabul was strongly condemned by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and chief executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and other government officials.
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in a message said a deadly suicide bombing outside a voter registration center in the capital, Kabul, would not ‘weaken’ the country’s democratic process.
NATO General Secretary Jen Stoltenberg has also denounced the terrorist attack on a voter registration center in Kabul and said NATO would stand beside the people of Afghanistan in counter terrorism and fully support democratic processes in the country.
Meanwhile, United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has also denounced the attack in Kabul.
“The incident is the latest in a spate of attacks that appear to deliberately target election-related facilities which have taken place since last week’s commencement of the voter registration process for the parliamentary and district elections scheduled for 20 October 2018,” said a statement released by UNAMA in Kabul.
Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) in a statement condemned the attack on Afghan innocent civilians in a voter registration center in Kabul and called it as inhuman and heinous, adding that attacks on public locations are clear violation from the international humanitarian laws.
“AIHRC is seriously asking armed opponents of Afghanistan government to abide by international laws and avoid targeting innocent civilians and public places,” said Belal Sediqi, a spokesperson to Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission.
The commission has also asked the government to further make effort towards safety of civilians and protection of public places as well as identify perpetrators of such attacks and submit them to justice.
Election officials have acknowledged that security is a major concern as the Taliban and other militant groups control large swaths of the country, and some officials have speculated that elections could be delayed if there are major disruptions to the registration process.
Several attacks on registration centers have already been reported since the process began on April 14 ahead of long-delayed parliamentary elections scheduled for October.