Suicide bomber kills more than 20 in Kabul training center (photo)
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Most of the dead are young girls, they were taking the entrance exam to the university. The explosion was heard in an area where the ethnic minority Hazaras live.
A terrorist exploded a bomb at the Qaaj educational center in the Dasht-e-Barchi district in western Kabul. At least 23 people have died, CNN reported.
Most of the dead are young girls. The explosion took place in an area predominantly inhabited by Hazaras, an Iranian-speaking people, ethnic minorities in Afghanistan who have been oppressed for a long time.
Students took the university entrance exam at 7:30 am local time. It was at this time that the first explosion was heard, Kabul police spokesman Khalid Zadran told reporters.
The injured were taken to the Ali Jina hospital, doctor Abdu Ghayas Mohmand claimed 36 wounds. No terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack.
“I saw the parents of Kaaj’s students, they were screaming and running back and forth. Some tried to call an ambulance, someone was looking for sons and daughters. I saw with my own eyes about 20 dead and many injured,” eyewitness Taiba Mehtarkhil told CNN.
Another 20-year-old girl said she was about 20 steps from the gate. The blast knocked her to the ground.
“When I got inside, I saw many of my classmates in the blood. I found out that the explosion happened in my class, I was shocked and just shouted out the names of my friends,” — she said through her tears.
The girl explained that her class was the largest in the educational center, it usually accommodates about 500 students. The injured student reported that there were about 600 people in the room at the time of the explosion.
“My friends and I were able to move 15 wounded and nine corpses from the site of the explosion. Other bodies lay under chairs and tables in classroom,” local resident Gulm Sadiq told Al Jazeera.
The explosion in Kabul – how the Taliban reacted
Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid condemned the Friday attack.
< p>“The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan considers the attack on the Kaj training center in the 13th district of Kabul a terrible crime, condemns it and expresses its deepest sympathy to the families of the victims of the attack,” Mujahid said.
The Taliban promise to take serious measures to search and punish guilty. The United States also strongly condemned the attack on students.
“It is a shame to blow up a room full of students taking exams. All students should be able to continue their education in peace and without fear,” said the Chargé d'Affaires of the US Mission in Afghanistan.
According to the international human rights organization Human Rights Watch, the terrorist group “Vilayat Khorasan” claimed responsibility for 13 attacks on the Hazaras and was involved in 3 more. As a result of these attacks, at least 700 were killed and injured people.
“The Taliban authorities did little to protect these communities from suicide attacks,” the organization said in a report.
The Taliban had previously signed an agreement with the Russian Federation on the supply of gasoline, diesel, gas and wheat to Afghanistan. Russia does not officially recognize the Taliban government.