Kabul: At least 19 people were killed in a suicide bombing at a school in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, on Friday morning, according to police spokesman Khalid Zadran. Students were getting ready for an exam when a suicide bomber targeted this learning facility. Sadly, 19 people have died in martyrdom, and 27 more have been hurt, according to Zadran.
The explosion took place in the western Kabul neighbourhood of Dasht-e-Barchi, which is home to the minority Hazara community and is predominately Shiite Muslim and has seen some of Afghanistan's deadliest attacks.
Interior Ministry spokesman Abdul Nafy Takor tweeted, "An educational centre called 'Kaj' has been attacked, which regrettably has caused deaths and injuries."
Attacking civilian targets demonstrates the enemy's inhumanity and moral depravity.
Bloodied victims were seen being carried away from the scene in videos that were posted online and pictures that were published by local media.
After the Taliban took back control of Afghanistan last year, the two-decade war ended and there was a marked decrease in violence, but under the hard-line Islamists, security has started to deteriorate recently.
Shiite Hazaras in Afghanistan have long been persecuted, with the Taliban being charged with mistreating them both during their initial rule from 1996 to 2001 and again after their victory last year.
Additionally, they are frequently attacked by the Taliban's adversary, the Daesh organisation. They are seen as heretics by both.
The region has been devastated by numerous attacks, many of which targeted women, girls, and schools.
Three bombs exploded near their school in Dasht-e-Barchi last year, just before the Taliban made a comeback, killing at least 85 people, mostly female students, and injuring about 300 others.
No one group took credit, but a year prior, Daesh claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on an educational facility in the same region that claimed 24 lives, including students.
25 people, including new mothers, were killed in a bloody gun attack on a hospital's maternity ward in the area in May 2020, and the group was held responsible.
Six people were killed and at least 20 others were injured in two deadly bombings that occurred in the area in April at two different educational facilities.
The Taliban prevent many girls from returning to secondary school, and Daesh also opposes women's and girls' education, making education a contentious issue in Afghanistan.