Before Thursday's attack, two journalists and five media assistants were killed doing their jobs this year in the country, according to a report this month by Reporters Without Borders, an organization that works to protect freedom of press. NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Reuters' Kabul bureau chief James Mackenzie for an update on the details of the attack. "By sowing terror, the Taliban and Islamic State have created information "black holes" in many regions since 2015".
It was unclear what militant group was behind the attack, and there was no immediate claim of responsibility.
US Ambassador to Afghanistan John R. Bass said: "The United States continues to stand with all Afghans in their pursuit of peace, security, and prosperity".
Shiite leader Abdul Hussain Ramazandada said witnesses reported at least one suicide bomber sneaked into the event and was sitting among the participants.
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'It is said that target of attack was media center & education facility.
The IS group statement said the attack was carried out by one bomber wearing a vest and followed three other bomb blasts in the same area.
In a statement from his office, President Ghani said: "The terrorist have killed our people". He called them attacks against Islam and "all human values".
Authorities say an attack on a Shiite Muslim cultural center in the Afghan capital Kabul has left at least 35 people dead and 20 wounded. He said that two blasts after the suicide bombing within the Tebyan center were caused by improvised explosive devices that inflicted relatively few casualties.
An Afghan official says a roadside mine has exploded, killing six children in northern Balkh province.