Afghanistan: Blast kills dozens near school in Kabul

Afghanistan: Blast kills dozens near school in Kabul

Interior Ministry of Afghanistan says at least 52 people were wounded in the blast, many of them female students

Kabul. A spokesman from Afghanistan government said that at least 30 people were killed, many of whom are young female students, from an explosion near a school in the Shia district of West Kabul.

Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian said a majority of the martyrs arrived in Dasta-e-Barchi, near the Syed al-Shahda school, on Saturday, to ambulance to evacuate the injured from the scene of the blast. Arian said at least 52 people were injured in the explosion. He did not specify the cause or target of the explosion.

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Afghanistan Health Ministry spokesman Ghulam Dastagir Nazari said that 46 people have been taken to hospitals so far.

Kabul has been on high alert since the announcement of plans to take out all US troops in Washington by 11 September, with Afghanistan officials saying the Taliban have intensified their attacks across the country. No group claimed responsibility for Saturday’s blast.

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani issued a statement condemning the attack, blaming the Taliban, as the group denied it. He did not provide any evidence.

“The Taliban, by escalating their illegitimate war and violence, have once again shown that they are not only reluctant to resolve the current crisis peacefully and fundamentally, but by complicating the situation,” Ghani said.

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The Taliban condemned the attack in Afghanistan, apparently targeting civilians and denying any responsibility. This happened in an area which was frequently attacked by ISIL fighters. Local residents of Kabul said the attack occurred in Kabul at 5:30 pm.

“This is the time when the students were finishing their classes, and going home, and we are talking about hundreds of students going to school at that time,” she said.

Afghanistan: Blast kills dozens near school in Kabul

He said the witnesses reported three explosions that were “going back to back”, “They were talking about girls who were panicking, who started running around, crying, their mothers.” Started calling, as the rest of the people were trying to get hospitalized. “The whole city is shocked after this attack.”

The school is a joint high school for girls and boys, studying in three shifts, the second of which is for female students, Education Ministry spokesman Najiba Arian told the Reuters news agency. The injured are mostly female students, she said.

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