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Suicide attack in Kabul: at least 19 injured in kabul school blast

In the Afghan capital, a suicide bomber targeted a school, killing at least 19 people.

According to police spokesman Khalid Zadran, at least 27 other people were hurt in the early-morning explosion in western Kabul’s Dasht-e-Barchi neighbourhood, which is home to the minority Hazara group and is predominately a Shia-Muslim neighbourhood.

Students were getting ready for a test when a suicide bomber targeted this learning facility. Sadly, 27 individuals have been hurt, and 19 have been killed,” he stated.

Bloodied victims were seen being dragged away from the site in videos that were shared online and pictures that were released by local media.

High school grads, both boys and girls, who were taking a simulated university admission exam when the explosion occurred were among the casualties, according to Zadran.

Nobody quickly took ownership of the attack.

The nature of the attack and the number of casualties will be revealed later, according to a tweet from Abdul Nafy Takor, spokesman for the interior ministry. Security teams have arrived at the scene.

“The enemy’s inhuman cruelty and lack of morality are demonstrated by their attacks on innocent targets.”

Additional information on the attack was not immediately available, despite claims of years of persecution by the Taliban, who took back control of the nation in August 2021 after the withdrawal of US-led forces, by ethnic Hazara.

Some of the worst recent attacks in Afghanistan have occurred in Dasht-e-Barchi.

Prior to the Taliban taking over in 2021, three bombs erupted near a school in Dasht-e-Barchi, killing at least 85 people—mostly female students—and injuring about 300 more.

However, a year prior, a suicide attack on an educational facility in the same region that left 24 people dead, including students, was claimed by the terrorist group ISIL (ISIS).

Six persons were killed and 20 others were injured in two horrific bomb attacks that occurred in April of this year at nearby schooling centers.

Education remains a flashpoint issue in Afghanistan with the Taliban blocking many girls from returning to secondary education. The rival ISIL also stand against the education of women and girls.

Neha Ayub
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