Six people killed in blasts at boys’ school in Kabul


Updated Tue 14:35

Blasts targeting educational institutions have killed at least six people, including students, and injured 17 in a predominantly Shia neighborhood of the Afghan capital, police said.

More victims are feared after the explosions, which came in quick succession, according to Kabul police spokesman Khalid Zadran and the city’s emergency hospital.

Many of the injured are in critical condition.

The blasts occurred at Abdul Rahim Shaheed High School and near Mumtaz Education Center, both in Dasht-e-Barchi district.

No casualties were immediately reported at the Mumtaz center.

Guards on the narrow street leading to the two-story high school said they saw 10 victims.

Inside the school, an Associated Press video reporter saw blood-splattered walls, burnt notebooks and children’s shoes.

It appears a suicide bomber blew himself up inside the sprawling compound, which can accommodate up to 1,000 students, witnesses said.

It was not immediately known how many children were in the school at the time of the explosion.

The school only teaches students up to sixth grade after Afghanistan’s hardline Taliban leaders reneged on their promise to allow all girls to go to school.

No one claimed responsibility for the explosions.

The region has been targeted in the past by the Islamic State’s Afghan affiliate, which calls Shia Muslims heretics.

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Taliban fighters guard the scene.

Source: AP

Save the Children in Afghanistan issued a statement “strongly condemning” the attack and saying “no school should be deliberately targeted and no child should fear physical harm at school or on the job.” school path”.

The Islamic State affiliate known as IS in Khorasan Province, or IS-K, has previously targeted schools, particularly in the predominantly Shia neighborhood of Dasht-e-Barchi.

In May last year, months before the Taliban took power in Kabul, more than 60 children, mostly girls, were killed when two bombs exploded outside their school in Dasht-e-Barchi.

ISIS presented the biggest security challenge to the country’s Taliban leaders, who invaded Kabul last August as the United States ended its 20-year war.


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