Casualties feared as blasts rock school in Afghan capital

Taliban fighters keep watch from a tower, near the Ahmad Shah Massoud square in Kabul on April 12, 2022. (Photo: AFP)
KABUL — Several casualties were feared after two bombs rocked a boys’ school in a Shiite Hazara neighborhood of the Afghan capital on Tuesday, police said, with social media showing grisly images of dead and wounded at the scene.اضافة اعلان

Kabul police spokesman Khalid Zadran told AFP that two improvised explosive devices were placed outside the Abdul Rahim Shahid high school in the capital’s western Dasht-e-Barchi neighborhood.

He earlier tweeted that three blasts had rocked the school, which is in an area mainly inhabited by the Hazara community and has been previously targeted by the Daesh group.

Tuesday’s blasts occurred as students were coming out of their morning classes, a witness told AFP.

Victims were taken to hospital, but Taliban fighters kept journalists from the premises.

Attacks on public targets have largely diminished since the Taliban seized power in August last year, Daesh continues to operate across the country.

Taliban officials insist their forces have defeated Daesh, but analysts say the terror group is a key security challenge to the hardline Islamists who now rule Afghanistan.

In May last year at least 85 people — mainly girl students — were killed and about 300 were wounded when three bombs exploded near their school in Dasht-e-Barchi.

No group claimed responsibility, but in October 2020 Daesh claimed a suicide attack on an educational center in the same area that killed 24, including students.

In May 2020, the group was blamed for a bloody attack on a maternity ward of a hospital in the neighborhood that killed 25 people, as well as new mothers.

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