TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Iran’s Foreign Ministry strongly condemned a suicide attack on a cultural center in Afghanistan’s capital of Kabul that killed more than 40 people on Thursday.

In a statement on Thursday evening, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi offered condolences to the Afghan government, nation and families of victims of the fatal terrorist attack that targeted Kabul’s Tebyan center earlier in the day.

Attacking the cultural and media centers or the intellectuals that discredit extremist and violent ideologies reveal the depth of aversion that masterminds and perpetrators of terrorist activities have to freedom of speech, knowledge, wisdom and unity in Afghanistan, he deplored.

Qassemi also lashed out at bigoted ill-wishers and promoters of hatred for seeking regional chaos and bloodshed in the wake of their recent heavy defeats.

The Afghan government and nation’s vigilance, unity among all groups and ethnicities, and regional cooperation are key to tackling the problems and hostile acts by terrorists, the spokesman added.

Afghan officials say at least 41 people died and dozens of others were injured in the bombing at Tebyan center in Pule Sokhtia area of Kabul.

Social activists had gathered at the cultural center for a meeting when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives at around 10:30 am local time.

Officials believe that that more than one assailant, maybe three suicide bombers, have carried out the attack that also involved the use of grenades.

The Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the suicide attack.