Death toll rising as suicide attacker targets Hazara education centre in Kabul

A suicide bomber blew himself up in a classroom in Kabul on Friday morning, killing at least 19 people and wounding 27, sources tell Zan Times. There were nearly 500 students in the classroom.

“Two or three suicide bombers entered the [education] centre and started shooting at everyone,” one of Kaaj education centre’s representatives confirmed to Zan Times.

“They first killed the guards, then started shooting at the students, and eventually one of them blew himself up in the classroom with nearly 500 students who were preparing for university entrance exams,” he said. 

Abdul Nafee Takwar, the spokesman of the Taliban’s Interior Ministry, confirmed the incident, saying that according to initial reports, 19 people were killed and 27 were injured. 

Watan Hospital, located near the incident scene, confirmed to Zan Times that four dead bodies and 20 of the injured were brought to the hospital.  

Another Kabul hospital confirmed receiving four dead bodies and two injured from the centre. 

No group has claimed responsibility for the explosion, but IS-K has carried out most previous similar attacks.

Western Kabul, mainly inhabited by Hazara, has been the site of many attacks in recent years. Though the ISIS affiliate group has repeatedly attacked Hazara and other religious minorities in their mosques, schools, and workplaces, Taliban authorities have failed to take  steps to protect and care for the victims and their families, a recent Human Rights Watch report said. 

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