Blast near school leaves at least 30 dead

Pakistan criticises reprehensible attacks in Kabul

A senior security official told Reuters on condition of anonymity that most of the casualties were students coming out of the Sayed ul Shuhada school, and many were badly wounded in hospital.

The head of the country's 24/7 news channel TOLOnews TV shared a photo from the scene of the explosion.

An injured student is transported to a hospital after one of the explosions near a school in west Kabul on Saturday.

Explosions caused by a auto bomb and mortars outside a school in the Afghan capital Kabul have killed at least 55 people and wounded over 150, mostly female students, officials said, in an attack President Ashraf Ghani blamed on Taliban insurgents.

The Interior Ministry says the blasts in western Kabul killed at least 30 civilians and injured more than 50 others.

The Dasht-e-Barchi neighbourhood, where the blasts took place, is populated by the minority Shia community and has been attacked frequently by the Islamic State group in the past, according to Al Jazeera.

A horrific attack on an Afghan girls school in Kabul has left at least 30 people dead, mostly students between 11-15 years old.

As of yet, there's been no claim for the attack on Saturday. The Taliban have condemned the attack and denied responsibility.

No-one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, and Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told reporters in a message that only IS could be responsible for such a heinous crime.

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"Targeting primarily students in a girl's school makes this an attack on the future of Afghanistan".

Mr Ghani said: "The Taliban, by escalating their illegitimate war and violence, have once again shown that they are not only reluctant to resolve the current crisis peacefully and fundamentally, but are complicating the situation".

It is noted that May 1, 2021 marks a deadline agreed upon by Taliban and the United States in February 2020 for the latter to terminate its 20-year military presence in the country. A number of journalists, activists and academics have also been killed in attacks blamed on the Taliban, who deny involvement.

Taliban attacks on foreign forces have largely ceased, but they continue to target government forces.

Witnesses said the carnage outraged area residents, who even attacked the ambulances, hampering rescue efforts because they were so upset with the government for failing to provide better security.

One local man told The Associated Press he heard three separate explosions, although there was no official confirmation of multiple blasts.

The United States was supposed to have pulled all forces out by May 1 as agreed with the Taliban a year ago, but Washington pushed back the date to September 11 - a move that angered the insurgents. Rahimi also said he believed that the sheer power of the explosion meant the death toll would nearly certainly climb.

"They have carried out similar attacks on education institutions in the past", said Arian. He had implored residents to cooperate and allow ambulances free access to the site.

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