Afghanistan: deadly attack in Kabul in front of a school in a Shiite neighborhood

Published on: 04/19/2022 – 12:58 In Kabul, two homemade bombs exploded on Tuesday in front of a school for boys and a third explosion occurred in an English language training center. At least six people were killed and a dozen injured, according to a provisional report. At least six people were killed in two explosions which struck, on Tuesday April 19, a school for boys in a district of Kabul largely populated by members of the Shiite Hazara community. This minority is regularly targeted by attacks in Afghanistan. Two homemade bombs exploded in front of the Abdul Rahim Shahid school, located in the district of Dasht-e-Barchi, in the west of the capital, killing six and injuring 11 according to a “preliminary” toll, Kabul police spokesman Khalid Zadran told AFP. A third explosion occurred at an English-language training center in the same neighborhood, he said. added, without saying whether it was also caused by an explosive device. Class outing Dasht-e-Barchi is home to many members of the Hazara minority, marginalized for centuries and regularly persecuted in this Sunni-majority country. The neighborhood has often been targeted by the Islamic State group. The explosions occurred when students were leaving class in the middle of the morning, told AFP a witness, who requested anonymity. on social media showed several bodies lying on the ground at the entrance to the compound, amid pools of blood, charred books and scattered school bags. Victims were taken to hospital, but the Taliban prevented journalists from approaching them. Security in the country has improved greatly since the Taliban took power in August and the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan , after 20 years of a war of attrition against their military presence. But attacks, mainly claimed by the Islamic State-Khorasan (EI-K), the regional branch of the EI group, still occur regularly in the country.Regular attacks against the HazarasIn recent years, including since the return to power of the Taliban, the district of Dasht-e-Barchi has been hit by multiple attacks claimed by EI-K, which considers the Hazaras to be heretics. In May 2021, a series of explosions occurred in front of a school establishment to girls in this district, leaving 85 dead, the majority of them high school girls, and more than 300 injured. A car bomb had first exploded in front of the school, then two other bombs had followed as the students rushed outside. The Islamic State group, which claimed responsibility for an attack in October 2020 against an educational center (24 dead) in the same area, is strongly suspected of having carried out this attack. In this same neighborhood, in May 2020, a group of men Armed forces had attacked a maternity hospital supported by Doctors Without Borders in broad daylight, killing 25 people, including 16 mothers, some about to give birth. This attack had not been claimed, but the United States had accused the Islamic State group of being responsible. Smaller attacks, claimed by EI-K, still took place in Dasht-e-Barchi in November and December 2021. With AFP