The explosions that hit schools of the Shia Hazara minority in Kabul caused “deaths and injuries”, but so far there is no information on the number of victims, Afghan police spokesman Khalid Zadran told EFE.
Kabul, Afghanistan | More than 16 people were transported to hospital by security forces,” Asif Hamraz, a resident of the western part of the Afghan capital where the blasts took place, told Spanish news agency Asif Hamraz.
The Shiite Hazara neighborhood in the Afghan capital, which was affected by the blasts, is densely populated.
Three explosions rocked a high school in western Kabul on Tuesday, killing six people and injuring 11, according to Afghan police officials.
Many residents in the neighbourhood belong to the Shia Hazara community, an ethnic and religious minority frequently targeted by Sunni terrorist groups, including Islamic State.
“Three blasts have taken place … in a high school, there are some casualties to our Shia people,” said Khalid Zadran, the spokesman for Kabul’s commander.
The head of a hospital nursing department, who declined to be named, said at least four people had been killed and 14 wounded in the blasts. Khalid Zadran told AFP news agency on Tuesday that two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) blew up outside the Abdul Rahim Shahid high school in western Kabul.
He had earlier tweeted that three blasts had rocked the school, which is in an area mainly inhabited by the Shia Hazara community – an ethnic and religious minority frequently targeted by ISIL (ISIS) attacks in the past.
Tuesday’s explosions occurred as students were coming out of their morning classes, a witness told the AFP. The blasts which occurred in succession, were being investigated and more casualties were feared, according to the Kabul police spokesman Zadran and the city’s Emergency Hospital. Several of the wounded were in critical condition.
The head of a hospital nursing department, who declined to be named, told Reuters news agency at least four people were killed and 14 wounded in the blasts.
Inside the school, an Associated Press video journalist saw walls splattered with blood, burned notebooks and children’s shoes.
The AP spoke to several private guards in the area but they refused to give their names, fearing repercussions from the Taliban security force cordoning off the area.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which followed a lull in violence over the cold winter months and after foreign forces withdrew last year.
The Taliban say they have secured the country since taking power in August, but international officials and analysts say that the risk of a resurgence in terrorism remains and the Islamic State militant group has claimed several major attacks.