Human Lives Human Rights: Nearly 33 people have been killed and dozens of others wounded as a bomb blast hit an education center in the Afghan capital Kabul on Friday.
The explosion hit Kaj Education Centre in Dasht-e-Barchi, a mainly Hazara neighborhood west of the Afghan capital.
According to initial local media reports around 100 students and employees of this center were killed and injured, among whom at least 21 were girls. Meanwhile the Police in Kabul have reportedly said at least 33 were killed and many more injured in the attack at the time of publication of this press release.
A mock entrance exam was reportedly taking place at the time of the attack. Several men attacked the center, local media reported, with one reportedly detonating a suicide belt inside a classroom.
The attack, which was has not been claimed by any side so far, is the latest in a continuous stream of violence since the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan just over a year ago.
Kabul police spokesperson, Khalid Zadran said the attack, which took place at a private tutoring center where the exam was taking place proves “the enemy’s inhuman cruelty and lack of moral standards.”
The spokesperson said the death toll is likely to rise.
Rights groups have condemned the attack saying that the horrific attack is just the latest in a series of attacks in areas dominated by the minority Hazara Shiite population and a shamefaced reminder of the inaptitude and utter failure of the Taliban, as de-facto authorities, to protect the people of Afghanistan.
Since their takeover of Afghanistan, the Taliban have done little to put in place any measures for the protection of the public, especially of Shia-Hazaras who have been systematically targeted largely by the Islamic State (IS) in schools, mosques, training centers and public places.
We call for an independent probe into the attacks, which should be conducted in line with international law and standards.
According to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) report 2106 civilian casualties (700 killed, 1406 wounded) were recorded in the country in the one year since the Taliban takeover.