Two bomb attacks targeted a secondary school for boys in Kabul, Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing at least six people and injuring around 24 others, Kabul-based Tolo News reported.
Two bomb attacks caused by improvised explosive devices took place in front of the Abdul Rahim Shahid boys’ high school on the morning of April 19, the spokesman for the police of the city told Agence France-Presse (AFP) on Tuesday. Kabul, Khalid Zadran. The first blast went off as students left morning classes and the second went off shortly after as emergency medical teams tried to respond to the first bombardment.
“An official familiar with the matter who declined to be named said the explosive devices were hidden in backpacks and one was detonated inside the school gates,” Reuters reported.
A third hand grenade bomb attack targeted an English-language school named Mumtaz Tuition Center near Abdul Rahim Shahid High School on Tuesday morning, apparently before the double blasts at the secondary school. The incident did not cause any fatalities but injured at least one person.
“Three explosions took place…in a high school, there are casualties among our Shiite people,” Zadran told some media.
The Kabul neighborhood in which Tuesday’s attacks took place is called Dasht-e-Barchi and is populated mainly by members of the Shiite Hazara community. The Hazaras are an ethnic and religious minority in Afghanistan who have previously been targeted by Sunni Muslim terrorist groups active in the country, such as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). So far, no group has claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s bombings of Kabul schools.
“In May last year, at least 85 people – mostly female students – were killed and around 300 injured when three bombs exploded near their school in Dasht-e-Barchi,” AFP recalled on April 19. , noting that no group has claimed responsibility for the incident. .
The Hazaras constitute between 10 and 20% of the Sunni Muslim population with an Afghan majority of 38 million. Minority group ‘has long been the target of attacks with many casualties [in Afghanistan]some blamed the Taliban for their 20-year insurgency,” AFP reported on Tuesday.
The Sunni Muslim-based Taliban jihadist organization seized power from the Kabul-based Afghan government in August 2021. The Taliban say they have regularly attacked suspected Islamic State hideouts in Afghanistan, mostly in the province eastern part of Nangarhar, since taking power nearly a year. from.
“Taliban leaders insist their forces have defeated ISIS [Islamic State]but analysts say the group is a key security challenge,” AFP observed on April 19.