Afghanistan: three bomb attacks on a boys’ school in Kabul; 6 killed
April 19, 2022, 4:23 p.m.
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Three bomb attacks at a boys‘ school in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Tuesday killed six people, including students, and injured many.
The attack took place in Kabul’s Dasht-e-Barchi, a neighborhood dominated by Hazara Shiites.
A Kabul police spokesman, Khalid Zadran, said in a tweet that the blasts at Abdul Rahim Shahid High School in west Kabul “caused casualties among our Shia brothers”.
Why is this story important?
- The attack comes months after the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan in August 2021.
- Despite the Taliban’s claim that they have secured the country since seizing power, experts have warned of the possibility of a resurgence of violence in the region.
- The threat, particularly that of the Islamic State, still exists, which has claimed responsibility for several attacks in the past.
No outfit has claimed responsibility so far
According to reports, the explosions took place as students at the school were walking out of their classrooms.
The first explosion reportedly took place at the nearby Mumtaz education center and was followed by two other explosions near the school.
Additionally, Zadran said the attackers targeted the school with improvised explosive devices. So far, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
At least 14 injured in attack, hospital official says
“Three different explosions at Abdul Rahim Shahid High School in [Kabul’s] 18th district have caused casualties among our Shia compatriots and we will share the details later,” Zadran tweeted.
According to reports, while six people were killed, 11 were injured in the attack.
However, the head of the nursing unit at a Kabul hospital said at least 14 people were injured in Tuesday’s blasts.
A suicide bombing cannot be ruled out
According to reports, witnesses said it is entirely possible that a suicide bomber blew himself up inside the school grounds, which can accommodate up to 1,000 students.
However, it remains unclear how many students were present at the time of the explosion.
Meanwhile, bloodstained walls as well as burnt books and shoes were reportedly discovered inside the school by a Associated press video journalist.
As mentioned earlier, the targeted school is located in the Dasht-e-Barchi area, west of Kabul, which is mainly populated by the Hazara community, a religious and ethnic minority group. Previously, this community has been repeatedly targeted by Sunni militant groups, including the Islamic State.