Death toll rises to 35, wounded at 82 in Afghanistan suicide bombing

Kabul, Oct 1 (EFE) .- The number of fatalities from the suicide attack perpetrated yesterday in an educational center in a neighborhood in western Kabul, where mainly members of the discriminated Shiite Hazara community reside, increased this Saturday to 35 and the wounded to 82.

The latest data from the attack on an educational center in western Kabul “shows at least 35 dead and 82 injured”, mostly “girls and young women”, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) reported on Twitter. ).

The suicide attack occurred yesterday morning inside one of the classrooms during a practice exam to prepare for university entrance exams, when the educational center was packed with students of both sexes.

After hearing several shots, an armed man entered the class through the girls’ door and blew himself up among the students, eyewitnesses told Efe.

The attack caused dozens of women to take to the streets of Kabul this Saturday to show their rejection of the attacks on this attacked minority in the country, although they were soon suppressed with violence by the Taliban.

At the moment no terrorist cell has claimed responsibility for this attack, although the jihadist group Islamic State (IS) has in the past claimed numerous attacks in Afghanistan against this minority, which it considers apostate.

Attacks on students from the Hazara minority have become common in recent years in Afghanistan. The last one, last April, caused at least 6 deaths and 25 injuries, although the Taliban’s control of the information prevented obtaining a clear figure, with some witnesses raising the victims.

In May 2021, an attack on a girls’ school in the Dashte Barchi neighborhood left at least 110 dead, mostly girls, and 290 injured. Months earlier, another attack in October 2020 against an educational center for this minority caused 24 deaths and 57 injuries.

Since coming to power in August 2021, the Taliban have launched several operations against IS in various parts of the country, eager to show that their return had also meant an end to the violence.

The guarantee of security and control of jihadism was one of the great demands of the Taliban in the territories under their control during the war with the deposed government and international forces. EFE

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