Suicide Attack On Kabul Classroom Kills 20, Mostly Young Women
Sumaira FH Published September 30, 2022 | 11:40 PM
A suicide bomber attacked an education centre in the Afghan capital on Friday where hundreds of students were preparing for university exams, killing at least 20 people, most of them young women
Kabul, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 30th Sep, 2022 ) :A suicide bomber attacked an education centre in the Afghan capital on Friday where hundreds of students were preparing for university exams, killing at least 20 people, most of them young women.
"Not many boys were hit because they were at the rear end of the classroom. The bomber entered from the front door where girls were sitting," he said.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the blast at Kaaj Higher Educational Centre, which coaches students for university admission tests.
However, the militant Islamic State group has claimed previous attacks in the area targeting girls, schools and mosques.
A resident who ferried victims to hospitals said he saw body parts scattered across the floor of the hall.
"Many students were hit by shrapnel in their head, neck and eyes," said Asadullah Jahangir.
Kabul police spokesman Khalid Zadran said 20 people were killed and 27 others wounded.
A shopkeeper from the neighbourhood said there was a loud explosion and then crowds of students rushed out of the centre.
"It was chaos as many students, boys and girls, tried to escape from the building. It was a horrific scene. Everyone was so scared," he told AFP, requesting anonymity.
"The victims are all between 18 and 25 years old, and most of them were in the classroom to take an exam," it said in a statement.
- 'Shamefaced' - The Taliban's return to power in Afghanistan last year brought an end to a two-decade war and a significant reduction in violence, but security has begun to deteriorate in recent months.
Friday's attack is a "shamefaced reminder of the ineptitude and utter failure of the Taliban, as de facto authorities, to protect the people of Afghanistan", Samira Hamidi of rights group Amnesty International said in a statement.
Families on Friday rushed to hospitals where ambulances arrived with victims, and lists of those confirmed dead or wounded were posted on the walls.
"We didn't find her here," a distressed woman looking for her sister at one of the hospitals told AFP. "She was 19 years old." "We are calling her but she's not responding." Last year, before the Taliban returned to power, at least 85 people -- mainly girl students -- were killed and about 300 wounded when three bombs exploded near their school in the area.