A suicide bomb attack on a classroom full of students who were studying for examinations in the Afghan capital on Friday has killed at least 19 people, with most of the casualties girls.
The explosion destroyed the Kaaj Higher Educational Center, which mostly prepares adult men and women for university entrance exams.
“We were around 600 in the class. But most of the casualties are among the girls,” said Akbar, a student who was wounded in the attack.
The attack happened in the Dasht-e-Barchi neighbourhood of western Kabul, a predominantly Shiite Muslim area. It is home to the minority Hazara community, and the target of some of Afghanistan’s most deadly attacks.
“Students were preparing for an exam when a suicide bomber struck at this educational centre. Unfortunately, 19 people have been martyred and 27 others wounded,” Kabul police spokesman Khalid Zadran said.
For fear of a potential follow-up attack, the Taliban forcefully evicted the families of the deceased from the scene.
Videos posted online and local media published photos which showed bloodied victims being carried away from the scene.
“Security teams have reached the site. The nature of the attack and the details of the casualties will be released later,” Abdul Nafy Takor, the interior ministry’s spokesman, earlier tweeted.
“Attacking civilian targets also proves the enemy’s inhuman cruelty and lack of moral standards.”