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Kabul Blasts: Death Toll Reaches Six, 11 Injured; Terrorists Used IED To Attack Children

Medical staff move a wounded youth on a stretcher outside a hospital after three blasts rocked a boys' school in a Shiite Hazara neighbourhood in Kabul (Image: AFP)

Medical staff move a wounded youth on a stretcher outside a hospital after three blasts rocked a boys' school in a Shiite Hazara neighbourhood in Kabul (Image: AFP)

Both blasts were reported outside schools and the second blast occurred when students were leaving the school after classes

Three blasts rocked Kabul on Tuesday killing six people and injuring eleven others when an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded in a school and an education centre while students were leaving after finishing their morning classes.

According to news agencies, the first blast occurred near the Mumtaz Tuition Centre in western Kabul on Tuesday morning. This was followed by a second blast in front of Abdul Rahim Shahid School also at the time when students were leaving after their classes. The Taliban run government said that they have begun investigating the incident and details of the incident will be shared later.

According to an AFP report, the blasts occurred in a Shiite Hazara neighbourhood. The area known as Dasht-e-Barchi is occupied by Shia Muslims who are members of the Hazara community. The community was earlier targeted by the Islamic State (IS).

The AFP report said that there was also a third blast. The third blast occurred at an English language centre in the same area, Kabul police spokesman Khalid Zadran told AFP.

The blasts also come at a time when Muslims around the world are celebrating Ramadan.

This is not the first time that the Dasht-e-Barchi neighbourhood has faced an attack. In May 2021, 85 people – mostly female students – were killed and about 300 were wounded when three bombs exploded near their school.

The Islamic State did not claim the responsibility of that attack but it attacked the same neighbourhood in October 2020 when it carried out a suicide attack on an educational centre in the same area killing more than 20, most of whom were students.

The group on May 2020 killed 25 people, as well as new mothers, when it attacked a maternity ward of a hospital in the neighbourhood.

The Islamic State’s Khorasan wing has become a problem for the Taliban terrorist group which now governs Afghanistan as it continues to attack civilians as well as Taliban militiamen. The Islamic State group earlier this year was responsible for attacking another Shia neighbourhood in Pakistan.

Two terrorists from the terrorist group blew themselves up using a suicide vest inside a mosque in Pakistan’s Peshawar killing more than 50 people and injuring hundreds. Khorasan refers to the region covering parts of modern-day Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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first published:April 19, 2022, 12:21 IST