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Death toll rises from Afghan explosion

People at the blast’s site in Kabul, Afghanistan. Photo: Reuters

Death toll from an explosion outside a school in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul has risen to 58, Afghan officials said on Sunday, with doctors struggling to provide medical care to at least 150 injured.

According to Reuters, the bombing on Saturday evening shook the city’s Shi’ite Muslim neighbourhood of Dasht-e-Barchi. The community, a religious minority in Afghanistan, has been targeted in the past by Islamic State militants, a Sunni militant group.

A car bomb was detonated in front of the Sayed Al-Shuhada school on Saturday, and when the students rushed out in panic, with two more bombs exploding.

Officials said more than 150 people had been wounded, adding that most of the victims were female students with almost all on their way home after studies.

On Sunday, civilians and policemen collected books and school bags strewn across a blood-stained road that was busy with shoppers ahead of this year’s celebrations for Eid al-Fitr next week.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday blamed the attack on Taliban insurgents but a spokesman for the Taliban denied involvement, saying the group condemns any attacks on Afghan civilians.


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