Six people killed in multiple blasts at school in Shia neighbourhood of Kabul

KABUL: Three blasts hit a boys' school in a Shi'ite Hazara neighbourhood of Kabul on Tuesday, killing at least six people and injuring 11, according to authorities in the Afghan capital, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL).

The blasts happened at the Abdul Rahim Shahid High School, which is located in the capital's western neighbourhood of Dasht-e-Barchi, according to Khaled Zadran, a spokesman for the Kabul Police Command.

There were children among the victims, though it was unclear how many there were.  The blasts were triggered by hand grenades, according to a security official who spoke to the German news agency DPA. The explosives have not been linked to any one group.

According to RFE/RL, the school is in the capital's western neighbourhood of Dasht-e-Barchi, which is primarily populated by the Hazara community and was previously targeted by the violent Islamic State organisation. The bombs "caused injuries among our Shi'ite brothers," Kabul police spokesman Khalid Zadran stated on Twitter. A team of investigators has arrived at the area, according to a Taliban spokesman.

According to an eyewitness, the explosions happened as students were leaving their morning sessions. At least 85 civilians, mostly schoolgirls, were killed and scores more were injured in blasts near a school in the same region of the Afghan capital in May 2021.

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