Nineteen people die after attack on educational institute in Afghanistan

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A suicide attack on an education institute in the Afghan capital, Kabul, killed 19 people and injured dozens, police said on Friday. There has yet to be an immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Many of those living in the western area where the blast took place are Hazara, an ethnic minority targeted in previous attacks by the Islamic State militant group, among others.

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Kabul police spokesman Khalid Zadran said 27 people were also injured in the attack, slightly reducing the number of injured from the 29 previously announced.

He also claimed that the attack took place at an education institute where an entrance exam was taking place. Schools are normally closed in Afghanistan on Fridays.

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“Attacking civilian targets proves the enemy’s inhuman cruelty and lack of moral standards,” he said, without specifying who they believed was behind the attack.

Since taking over Afghanistan in August 2021, the Taliban have emphasized that they are protecting the nation after decades of war, but in recent months there have been a series of explosions in mosques and civilian areas.

Teenage students are among 24 people killed in a 2020 attack claimed by the Islamic State on an educational center in western Kabul.

Source: CNN Brasil

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