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Bomber targets performance of play condemning suicide attacks

Authorities say that a teenager blew himself up inside of an auditorium in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday, as an audience watched a play denouncing suicide attacks.

At least one person was killed and 16 were wounded, officials told Reuters, and it was the second attack inside the city that day. The performance of Heartbeat: Silence After the Explosion took place at a French cultural center that was heavily guarded, but Kabul's police chief, Abdul Rahman Rahimi, said the bomber likely hid the explosives inside his underwear to get through security.

A spokesman for the Taliban said the event was targeted because its goal was "to insult Islamic values and spread propaganda about our jihad operations, especially on suicide attacks."