Kabul: 2 dead, 7 injured in suicide bombing outside IEC office

Kabul: At least two people lost their lives, while seven others got wounded on Monday in a suicide bombing incident outside the offices of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) here.

The bomber was targeting a vehicle transporting IEC officials, security personnel confirmed, TOLO News reported.

One police official and an IEC staffer were among the dead, with four IEC staffers, two police officials and a civilian sustaining injuries, security officials stated.

The suicide bombing, for which terror outfit ISIS claimed responsibility, occurred in PD9 of Afghanistan’s capital city. Police confirmed that the bomber had set off the explosives close to the gates of the IEC offices.

The bombing comes in the wake of the recently conducted parliamentary elections in the country. Taliban and other terror outfits had announced their intent to obstruct the elections, despite which, millions of Afghan nationals congregated at polling stations to cast their vote.

In his reaction, John Bass, the US Ambassador to Afghanistan, termed the attack as “an attack on democracy.”

“The United States condemns this morning’s attack on Independent #Election Commission employees and sends our condolences to the victims and their families,” Bass tweeted.

“An attack on #Afghanistan election process is an attack on democracy. We commend all Afghan voters, candidates, observers, volunteers and security forces who turned out to support this month’s parliamentary elections,” Bass added.

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