Bomb targeting girls in Kabul school kills at least 55 as Afghan president blames Taliban – fr

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Bomb targeting girls in Kabul school kills at least 55 as Afghan president blames Taliban – fr


Car bomb and mortar explosions outside a Kabul school killed at least 55 and injured more than 150, most of them girls – an atrocity blamed on Taliban insurgents.
Most of the victims were students graduating from Sayed ul Shuhada school, a security source told Reuters.

Afghan TV channel ToloNews showed chaotic scenes, with books and school bags strewn on a bloody road, and locals rushing to help the victims.

“It was a car bomb explosion that happened outside the entrance to the school,” an eyewitness told Reuters, adding that seven or eight of the victims were schoolgirls returning home after completing their studies. .

“I was with my classmate, we were leaving school, when suddenly there was an explosion,” Zahra, 15, whose arm was broken by shrapnel, told Associated Press .

“Ten minutes later there was another explosion and a few minutes later another explosion,” she said. “Everyone was screaming and there was blood everywhere, and I couldn’t see anything clearly. Her friend is deceased.

At a nearby hospital, staff rolled injured students as dozens of distressed parents searched for their sons and daughters.

“I don’t know which country we are in… We want peace and security,” a grieving relative of one of the victims told Reuters.

Relatives try to identify bodies in hospital after bombing near school in Kabul, Afghanistan
(AP)

Kabul has been on high alert since Washington last month announced plans to withdraw all US troops by September 11, with Afghan officials saying the Taliban stepped up attacks across the country after the announcement .

No group has claimed responsibility.

President Ashraf Ghani blamed the Taliban insurgents, but Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid denied the group was involved and condemned the incident.

The blasts took place in a heavily Shiite neighborhood that has faced brutal attacks from Islamic State militants over the years, including one in a maternity hospital almost exactly a year ago.

Last year, the Taliban and the United States signed an agreement to end the 20 Years War, which began with the invasion of Afghanistan by American and Allied forces following the attacks of the 11 September 2001 in the United States by Al-Qaeda, whose leader, Osama bin Laden, was hosted by the Taliban government.

AP and Reuters contributed to this report.

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