KABUL, Afghanistan — An explosion killed not less than 20 individuals and wounded dozens of others in Afghanistan’s capital Saturday, native officers mentioned, and most of the victims have been college students at a women college.
Particulars of the assault in entrance of Sayed Ul-Shuhada highschool have been murky. It’s unclear if there have been a number of explosions, if it was a coordinated assault, or concerned a automobile bomb or a suicide vest. However ambulances raced throughout the town towards the location into the night.
No group has claimed accountability for the assault, and the variety of wounded and lifeless is prone to enhance. Streets and roads have been packed Saturday as Kabul’s residents ready for the top of the holy month of Ramadan.
Mohammad Dawood Danish, the pinnacle of the Mohammad Ali Jinnah hospital in Kabul, mentioned that 20 our bodies and greater than 40 wounded individuals have been transferred to his hospital. Most of them have been college students, he mentioned.
“The well being situation of quite a lot of women is crucial,” Mr. Danish mentioned.
The blast comes as rights teams and others have raised fears that the looming American troop withdrawal will endanger girls if the Taliban widen their grip over components of the nation, given the oppressive guidelines they enforced underneath their regime within the Nineteen Nineties.
It has been a very violent week in Afghanistan. The Taliban have began offensives within the south and north following the beginning of the withdrawal of U.S. and NATO troops. Final week, a automobile bomb in Logar, a province simply south of Kabul, killed greater than 20 individuals.
However Saturday’s assault occurred in a predominantly Shiite a part of Kabul, the place the Islamic State has launched assaults earlier than on the Hazara inhabitants, an ethnic minority. In October, a suicide blast at an schooling heart in the identical neighborhood as Saturday’s assault killed not less than 24 individuals, once more a lot of them college students.
Not less than 44 civilians and 139 authorities forces have been killed in Afghanistan the previous week, the best demise toll in a single week since October, in accordance with knowledge gathered by The New York Instances.