KABUL: A car bomb blast outside girls’ (Sayed Al-Shuhada) school located here in an area mostly harboring members of Shia/Hazara community has killed 68 people and wounded 165 others including pupils who were coming out of the batiment on 8th of May.
According to details after detonation of the bomb fixed in the vehicle, pupils rushed out in panic. It was then two more bombs exploded. Tragically, the first blast was powerful and happened so close to the children that some of them could not be found and their families are attempting to find them. Most of those killed were school children. On Sunday, civilians and policemen gathered books and school bags of the dead children. Many shoppers buying clothes etc to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr next week also lost their lives.
It is pertinent to mention here that Dasht-e-Barchi is a regular target of Islamic State, a Sunni militant outfit. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on 8th of May blamed Talibans for the act but a spokesman for the group denied involvement and condemned any attacks on civilians. Afghans believe that their enemy was getting more and more powerful and the law and order situation would further deteriorate as foreign forces leave Afghanistan.
FM Shah Mahmood Qureshi taking to the twitter stated: “Pakistan strongly condemns the horrific attack at a school in Kabul, Afghanistan, killing innocent children. We stand by the people & government of Afghanistan in their fight against terrorism and will continue to support Afghanistan on its path to peace, progress & prosperity.”
China called on foreign troops in Afghanistan to take into full account the security of people in the country and the region, pull out in a responsible manner and avoid inflicting more turmoil and suffering on the Afghan people. Pope Francis called the attack as “inhuman act” in remarks to pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City on Sunday.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemning the attack expressed his deepest sympathies to the victims’ families and to the Afghan government and people. Condemning the killing of civilians, India’s foreign ministry mused that the bombing represented an attack on the future of Afghanistan.
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