Words can’t express this sheer barbarism, says PM Shehbaz Sharif.
KABUL - A suicide bomb attack on an education centre in Kabul killed at least 25 people, most of whom are believed to be young women, in the latest sign of the deteriorating security situation in the Afghan capital. The explosion took place on Friday at the Kaaj education center, in a predominantly Hazara neighborhood – an ethnic minority group that has long faced oppression. Students were taking a practice university entrance exam at 7:30 a.m., local time (11 p.m. ET) when the blast first took place, Kabul Police Spokesman Khalid Zadran said. In addition to those killed, at least 56 people were injured, according to reports from hospitals. The humanitarian organization ‘Emergency’ said their surgical centre received 22 patients, including 20 women, according to a statement by the group Friday. Two of those patients have died.
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“The victims are all between 18 and 25 years old, and most of them were in the classroom to take an exam. One person was already dead on arrival and another died after being admitted,” the statement said. The bombing happened in the Dasht-e-Barchi neighbourhood of western Kabul, a predominantly minority Hazara community area, the target of some of Afghanistan’s most deadly attacks. The bomber shot dead two security guards before entering the gender-segregated classroom, student Ali Irfani, who escaped the carnage, told reporters. “Not many boys were hit because they were at the rear end of the classroom. The bomber entered from the front door where girls were sitting,” he said. Akbar, another student witness, also said that young women made up most of the casualties, with up to 600 people in the hall at the time. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the blast at Kaaj Higher Educational Centre, which coaches students for university admission tests.
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Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Friday expressing grief over the loss of young lives in a horrific suicide attack in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul said global cooperation against terrorism was need of the hour. “The international community should not let its guard down. Strengthening global cooperation against changing threat matrix of terrorism is need of the hour,” he said in a tweet. The prime minister conveyed his deepest condolences and most sincere sympathies to the bereaved families and people of Afghanistan. “Words can’t express this sheer barbarism,” he said. PM Sharif recalled that at the platform of the United Nations General Assembly, he had emphasized that terrorism continues to threaten not just Afghanistan and Pakistan, but also the world. A suicide bomb attack on an education center in Kabul on Friday killed at least 23 people, most of whom believed to be young women, in the latest sign of the deteriorating security situation in the Afghan capital.
Pakistan condemns terrorist attack on educational institution in Kabul: FO
Also, Pakistan on Friday condemned in the strongest terms, the dastardly terrorist attack on an educational institution in Dasht-e-Barchi, Kabul, in which precious innocent lives were lost and many were injured. “The government and people of Pakistan extend their profound and heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and pray for early recovery of the injured,” Foreign Office said in a statement issued here. “We stand in complete solidarity with our Afghan brethren in the fight against the scourge of terrorism,” the statement added.