Blasts targeting Afghan school in Kabul kill 40, injures dozens

Joanna Estrada
May 9, 2021

The Dasht-e-Barchi neighbourhood, where the blasts took place, is populated by the minority Shia community and has been attacked frequently by the Islamic State group in the past, according to Al Jazeera.

The explosions are believed to have been caused by a auto bomb and two improvised explosive devices planted in the area.

Outside the Muhammad Ali Jinnah Hospital, in the Dasht-e-Barchi neighborhood dozens of people lined up to donate blood, while family members checked casualty posted lists on the walls.

The Taliban and United States last year signed an agreement to end the 20-year war, which started with U.S. and allied forces invading Afghanistan following the 2001 September 11 attacks in the United States by al Qaeda, whose leader, Osama bin Laden, was being given shelter by the Taliban government.

The radical Sunni Muslim group has declared war on Afghanistan's minority Shiite Muslims.

Nearly exactly a year ago, a maternity unit at the local hospital was attacked, leaving 24 women, children and babies dead.

The local branch of Islamic State group has lost territory in what was once its eastern Afghanistan stronghold, after offensives by both the Taliban and USA forces.

"With scores murdered, this unforgivable attack on children is as assault on Afghanistan's future, which can not stand".

"I saw many bloodied bodies in dust and smoke, while some of the wounded were screaming in pain", Reza, who escaped the blast, told AFP, adding that most of the victims were teenaged female students who had just left the school.

"They have carried out similar attacks on education institutions in the past", said Arian.

Residents were out shopping ahead of this week's Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting. "While one of our persons was killed, the MoD is not in a position to inflict so many casualties on the Taliban", the group's spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, told Sputnik.

Meanwhile, Pakistan strongly condemns the reprehensible attacks at a school in Kabul, Afghanistan which led to loss of many precious lives and injuries.

The Taliban and the Afghan government have traded accusations over a series of targeted killings of civil society workers, journalists and Afghan professionals.

The Taliban denied being behind the attack and blamed Islamic State militants. He offered no proof.

Egypt also expressed solidarity with the country in combating all types and forms of terrorism, violence, and extremism.

IS has previously claimed attacks against minority Shiites in the same area, past year claiming two brutal attacks on education facilities that killed 50 people, a lot of them students.

Earlier the group took responsibility for the targeted killing of three women media personnel in eastern Afghanistan.

The country has been braced for even higher levels of violence since American troops began their final withdrawal last week.

Washington has ordered U.S. troops in Afghanistan to pull out by September 11, exactly 20 years after the terrorist attacks on the US.

But the group has clashed in near daily battles in the rugged countryside with Afghan forces even as the USA military continues its withdrawal.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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