Powerful bomb blasts outside Sayed Ul-Shuhada high school in Kabul have killed 50 and wounded several others on Saturday. The target of the gruesome attacks has majorly been teenage girls who were leaving class. The blasts have occurred at a time when rights groups feared that the impending American troop withdrawal would particularly leave women and their social and educational gains in a vulnerable position.
A New York Times report on the issue said:
A car bomb was detonated in front of the school on Saturday afternoon, and as students rushed out, two more bombs were set off, said Tariq Arian, a spokesman for Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry. Ambulances raced across the city toward the site into the evening.
On social media, the Taliban denied responsibility and condemned the attack, which happened in a western district of the capital where many residents are of the Hazara ethnic minority. The Hazara are a mostly Shiite group in a country rampant with Sunni militants, and they have been frequent targets of Islamic State loyalists. The Hazara, too, are growing increasingly outraged at the violence against them and at the government’s inability to protect them.
Sayed Ul-Shuhada hosts classes for boys in the morning and for girls in the afternoon. The attack occurred around 4 p.m., as the girls were leaving and the streets were packed with residents preparing for the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
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