Islamic State claims attack on Shiite center, 41 dead

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KABUL, Afghanistan — 41 people are confirmed dead.

A brutal attack, responsibility for which was claimed by the Islamic State, devastated a two-story Shiite Muslim cultural center in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Thursday, killing at least 41 people and wounding another 84, many suffering severe burns from the intensity of the explosions.

The IS-linked Aamaq news agency said three bombs were used in the ferocious assault, as was a single suicide bomber, who blew himself up inside the center, where scores of people had gathered to mark the 1979 invasion of Afghanistan by the former Soviet Union.

In its statement to Aamaq news agency, the IS said the center was being funded by Iran and used to propagate Shiite beliefs.

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