Blasts targeting Afghan school in Kabul kill 40, injures dozens

Blasts targeting Afghan school in Kabul kill 40, injures dozens”

Rahimi also said he believed that the sheer power of the explosion meant the death toll would nearly certainly climb.

China expressed its deep condolences to the Kabul school bombing victims and families on Sunday, and strongly condemned the violent act, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said, while calling on foreign troops to withdraw responsibly and avoid bringing more suffering to the Afghan people.

Soon after the bombing, angry crowds attacked ambulances and even beat health workers as they tried to evacuate the wounded, Health Ministry spokesman Ghulam Dastigar Nazari said. He implored residents to co-operate and allow ambulances free access to the site.

The insurgents have denied involvement and insist they have not carried out attacks in Kabul since February past year, when they signed a deal with the United States that paved the way for peace talks and withdrawal of the remaining U.S. troops.

On Saturday, President Ashraf Ghan blamed Taliban for the blast.

The radical Sunni Muslim group has declared war on Afghanistan's minority Shiite Muslims.

No one has claimed responsibility.

Washington blamed IS for a vicious attack previous year in a maternity hospital in the same area that killed pregnant women and newborn babies.

"I saw many bloodied bodies in dust and smoke, while some of the wounded were screaming in pain", Reza, who escaped the blast, told AFP, adding that most of the victims were teenaged female students who had just left the school.

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Many victims were young pupils between 11 and 15 years old. "Everyone was yelling and there was blood everywhere, and I couldn't see anything clearly".

The explosion took place as students were leaving the building on Saturday, with pictures on social media showing abandoned school bags in the street.

"The government reacts after the incident, it doesn't do anything before the incident", said Mohammad Baqir, Alizada, 41, who had gathered to bury his niece, Latifa, a Grade 11 student the Syed Al-Shahda school. Some families were still searching for missing relatives on Sunday, gathering outside hospitals to read names posted on the walls, and checking morgues. "How many more attacks against this minority has to occur in this part of the city before something is done?" "While one of our persons was killed, the MoD is not in a position to inflict so many casualties on the Taliban", the group's spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, told Sputnik. He offered no proof.

IS has previously claimed attacks against minority Shiites in the same area, a year ago claiming two brutal attacks on education facilities that killed 50 people, a lot of them students.

Even as IS has been degraded in Afghanistan, according to government and USA officials, it has stepped-up its attacks particularly against Shiite Muslims and women workers.

Earlier the group took responsibility for the targeted killing of three female media personnel in eastern Afghanistan.

The country has been braced for even higher levels of violence since American troops began their final withdrawal last week.

But the group has clashed in near-daily battles with Afghan forces in the rugged countryside even as the USA military reduces its presence.

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