Blasts at school in Afghan capital killed six, wounded 11: police

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Two bomb blasts at a boys’ school in the Afghan capital on Tuesday killed at least six people, a police official said.

The blasts in a neighbourhood populated mainly by Hazara Shiite Muslims “killed six people and wounded 11 others”, Kabul police spokesman Khalid Zadran told AFP.

Khalid Zadran told that two improvised explosive devices were placed outside the Abdul Rahim Shahid high school in the capital’s western Dasht-e-Barchi neighbourhood.

Tuesday’s blasts occurred as students were coming out of their morning classes, a witness told AFP.

Victims were taken to hospital, but Taliban fighters kept journalists from the premises.

Attacks on public targets have largely diminished since the Taliban seized power in August last year, but the Islamic State group continues to operate across the country.

Taliban officials insist their forces have defeated IS, but analysts say the group is a key security challenge to the Taliban who now rule Afghanistan.

In May last year at least 85 people — mainly girl students — were killed and about 300 were wounded when three bombs exploded near their school in Dasht-e-Barchi.

No group claimed responsibility, but in October 2020 IS claimed a suicide attack on an educational centre in the same area that killed 24, including students.

In May 2020, the group was blamed for a bloody attack on a maternity ward of a hospital in the neighbourhood that killed 25 people, as well as new mothers.

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