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UN: Bombing death toll in Kabul jumps to 43 at the education center

Forty three people were killed, and 27 others were injured in a suicide explosion at an educational center in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. According to a police spokeswoman quoted by the news agency Reuters. 

Initial estimates by the Afghan media outlet Tolo News, which tweeted about the event at the Kaj educational center, place the death toll at least 19 individuals. The students arrived at the center to pass the entrance exam, according to the Kabul Security Command's spokesman, Khaled Zadran. 

Student Maryam Faruz, 17 at the time of the attack, entered the center at 7 a.m. on Friday and sat in an open seat near the door. They claimed that while doing some arithmetic problems, they heard gunshots outside the room. They described the attack as chaotic, their voice quivering as she spoke, "When we heard the shooting, everyone got to their feet."

Faruz fled and sought refuge in the room next door, carrying a pen and paper. We were all attempting to escape for our life, but the assailant was faster than some of her colleagues, she claimed. 

A Taliban source said there were thirty-three fatalities. Whereas the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan's tweets, at least 38 people have died, and 82 more have been injured. 

It stated that girls and young women make up the vast bulk of the dead. International condemnation of the attack prompted some to urge the Afghan government to take additional measures to safeguard minorities and apprehend those responsibly

Many of the inhabitants in the western region where the explosion occurred are Hazara. This minority ethnic community has historically been attacked by extremist organizations like Islamic State and others. 

Although no one has claimed responsibility, the Taliban's rival ISIL (ISIS) local affiliate has targeted educational facilities in the past, including a suicide bombing on a school in the same neighborhood in 2020 that left 24 people dead. 

Taliban leader and Second Deputy Prime Minister Abdul Salam Hanafi spoke to a crowd in Kabul on Saturday. He denounced the most recent attack and vowed to hold those responsible accountable. He said there is no more enormous crime than this, calling it a crime against humanity. 

In a tweet on Friday, UNICEF stated that it was "appalled by the heinous attack." 

It stated that "this terrible attack" left dozens of adolescent girls and boys dead and severely injured. "Violence is never permitted inside or outside of educational facilities. Children should be able to learn, socialize with friends, and feel safe in these settings while they develop the abilities they will need in the future." 

According to Human Rights Watch, the Islamic State of Khorasan Province has claimed responsibility for 13 attacks against the Hazara people. In addition, it has been implicated in three more, which have left at least 700 people dead or injured. 


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