Afghanistan: Triple explosion in a school for boys in Kabul
Sylvie Claire / April 19, 2022
Three explosions struck a school for boys in a Kabul neighborhood largely populated by members of the Shiite Hazara minority on Tuesday, killing people, Afghan police said.
The explosions occurred at the Abdul Rahim Shahid School in the western Dasht-e-Barchi neighborhood of the capital and caused casualties among our Shiite brothers, Kabul police spokesman Khalid Zadran said on Twitter, without giving further details.
The blasts occurred as students were leaving class mid-morning, a witness, who requested anonymity, told AFP.
Security in the country has greatly improved since the Taliban took power in August and U.S. troops withdrew from Afghanistan after a 20-year war of attrition against their military presence.
Attacks, mostly claimed by the Islamic State-Khorasan (IS-K), the regional branch of the Islamic State group, still occur regularly in the country.
Dasht-e-Barchi is home to many members of the Hazara minority, who have been marginalized for centuries and are regularly persecuted in this Sunni majority country.
This neighborhood has been hit in recent years and months by several attacks claimed by the EI-K, which considers hazaras to be heretics.
The Taliban claims to have defeated the EI-K, but analysts believe that the extremist group is still the main security challenge for the new Afghan government.