Afghanistan: Blast near Kabul girls’ school kills dozens

Kabul: A bomb exploded near a girls’ school in a majority Shiite district of west Kabul on Saturday, killing at least 30 persons including young pupils between 11 and 15 years old.

The Taliban condemned the attack and denied any responsibility.

Ministry spokesman Tareq Arian told reporters a car bomb detonated in front of the Sayed Al-Shuhada School on Saturday, and when the students rushed out in panic two more bombs exploded.

He said more than 100 people were wounded, adding that most of the victims were female students.

Officials have not revealed the cause of the explosion, or if there was a target. There has been no claim of responsibility yet.

Footage on TV channel ToloNews showed chaotic scenes, with books and school bags strewn across a bloodstained road, and residents rushing to help victims.

The explosions rocked the west Kabul district of Dasht-e-Barchi — a regular target of Sunni Islamist militants — as residents were out shopping ahead of next week’s Eid-al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting.

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