At least 19 people, mostly girls, were killed as suicide bomb attack hits an education centre in the Dasht-e-Barchi neighbourhood of western Kabul on Friday.
Afghanistan local media reports that the blast ripped through Kaaj Higher Educational Center, which coaches mainly “adult men and women” ahead of university entrance tests.
“We were around 600 in the class. But most of the casualties are among the girls,” Akbar, a student who was wounded in the attack, told AFP from a nearby hospital, as reported by local media.
The attack happened in , a predominantly Shiite Muslim area home to the minority Hazara community, the target of some of Afghanistan’s most deadly attacks.
“Students were preparing for an exam when a suicide bomber struck at this educational centre. Unfortunately, 19 people have been martyred and 27 others wounded,” Kabul police spokesman Khalid Zadran said.
Videos posted online and photos published by local media showed bloodied victims being carried away from the scene.
“Security teams have reached the site, the nature of the attack and the details of the casualties will be released later,” Abdul Nafy Takor, the interior ministry’s spokesman, earlier tweeted.
“Attacking civilian targets proves the enemy’s inhuman cruelty and lack of moral standards.”