No less than 41 people have been confirmed dead and over 80 others injured following a suicide bombing attack at the Shiite cultural centre in the Afghanistan capital of Kabul on Thursday.
The attack which was reportedly targeted at a Shia cultural organization occurred at around 10:30am local time with the first explosion hitting a basement meeting room followed by two subsequent explosions in the building.
A journalist, Ehsanullah Amiri who was at the scene told CNN that a crowd of fewer than 100 people were meeting to celebrate the 38th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan when the bomber infiltrated the crowd and detonated the explosive device.
According to Amiri, following the first explosion, two other devices in the building identified as IEDs subsequently went off.
Police vehicles and ambulances arrived at the scene to convey the dead as well as the injured to nearby private and public medical centres as security forces cordoned off the site and ordered on-lookers to stay away from the scene of the explosion.
A student of Kabul University, Mohammad Hasan Rezayee who was also at the scene told Tolo News;
"We were inside the hall in the second row when an explosion from behind took place. After the blast, there was fire and smoke inside the building and everyone was pleading for help".
BBC reports that the Afghan Voice was also affected with a reporter at the agency killed and two others injured in the attack.
The Taliban in a statement released by the group's spokesperson, Zabiullah Mojahid have denied responsibility for the attack.
This is the second suicide bombing attack experienced in Kabul this week following the alleged attack by ISIS on Monday near an office of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) which killed 10 people.
Both the Afghan capital and other parts of the country have been plagued by attacks on its military, police and the civilian population with a countless number of lives lost in these terror attacks.