Deadly attacks at two schools in Afghanistan


Multiple explosions wich occurred Tuesday in a rapide succession inside the Abdul Rahim Shaheed High School and near the Mumtaz Education Center several kilometers (miles) away in a Shiite neighborhood of Afghanistan’s capital city killed at least six people, including students, and injured 17, some in serious condition. More casualties were feared, according to Kabul police spokesman Khalid Zadran. Tuesday’s explosions occurred as students were coming out of their morning classes at the school. The school is teaching students only until the sixth grade. It appeared a suicide bomber blew himself up inside the sprawling compound, which can house up to 1,000 students. No one has immediately claimed responsibility.


The Islamic State affiliate known as IS in Khorasan Province, or IS-K, has previously targeted schools. IS has carried out a devastating campaign against Shias in Afghanistan over the last few years. They reviles Shiite Muslims as heretics. In May last year at least 85 people, mainly female students, were killed and about 300 were wounded when three bombs exploded near their school in Dasht-e-Barchi. Attacks on civilians and public spaces have seen a decline since the Taliban gained power in Afghanistan in August 2021, but branches of the Islamic State continue to operate in the country.