Apr 19, 2022 - World

Blasts targeting Kabul school kill at least 6

Relatives visit a wounded youth at a hospital in Kabul on April 19.
Relatives visit a wounded teen at a hospital in Kabul on April 19 after blasts hit a high school. Photo: Wakil Kohsar/AFP via Getty Images

Explosions hit a high school in a predominately Shiite neighborhood of the Afghan capital Kabul on Tuesday, killing at least six and injuring several others, including children, AP reports.

The big picture: Authorities said they feared the death toll would rise. No group has claimed responsibility.

  • The city’s Emergency Hospital said it had received 10 people — all between the ages of 16 and 19 years old — who were wounded in the blasts.

What happened: At least two explosions occurred inside the Abdul Rahim Shaheed High School and another not far from the Mumtaz Education Center, Afghanistan's TOLO News reports.

  • The educational institutions are located in the Dasht-e-Barchi neighborhood, which is home to many from the Shiite Hazara community — an ethnic and religious minority frequently targeted by ISIS and other Sunni militants, per Reuters.

What they're saying: "I condemn today’s attacks in west Kabul once again targeting #Hazara #schoolchildren causing lives lost & dozens of casualties. I offer condolences to families & call for #investigation and #accountability for perpetrators," tweeted Richard Bennett, the UN’s new special rapporteur on the human rights situation in Afghanistan.

  • Save the Children said in a statement it was "deeply saddened about reports that children have been injured, and possibly killed, in the blasts."
  • "All children have the right to access a safe education. No school should be deliberately targeted, and no child should fear physical harm at or on the way to school," the group added.

State of play: Schools in the Dasht-e-Barchi neighborhood have been targeted in the past.

  • An attack on a girls' school in the area last May killed more than 80, including many students, per Reuters.
  • Since taking control of Afghanistan last August, the Taliban have vowed to protect the country's Shiite minority, who were persecuted under the militant group's brutal rule in the 1990s.
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