On Tuesday, several explosions targeted educational facilities in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, with an explosion at a boys’ high school killing at least six people.
The explosions were aimed at the Mumtaz Education Center and the Abdul Rahim Shahid high school in Kabul’s western Dasht-e-Barchi district.
The first blast occurred as the children were leaving school. A second explosion occurred soon after the first. According to witnesses, a suicide bomber detonated himself inside the school complex, which can house up to 1,000 students.
At least 20 people were killed, according to local media, but this number has not been independently verified.
The victims of the attack were taken to the hospital, but the Taliban cordoned off the area and prohibited journalists from photographing them.
The Italian NGO Emergency, which operates a medical facility in the city, announced on Twitter that seven children had been transported to their facility.
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Although no one has claimed responsibility for the attack, western Kabul has previously been a target of the so-called “Islamic State” (IS) due to its large Shiite Hazara population.
The explosion occurs just two weeks after another powerful blast in the Afghan capital killed one person and injured up to 60 others.
The Taliban has not yet responded to the incidents.