Forty-eight students are dead after ISIS bombed a learning center in Kabul, Afghanistan, targeting young high school students preparing for their university entrance exam.
The bombing occurred Wednesday morning and left the learning center completely destroyed, with body pieces strewn about.
The school was located in a Shiite neighborhood, who radical Sunnis who support ISIS consider as heretics for being too moderate. It is just the latest in a series of attacks by ISIS that seek to undermine the Afghan government, which has made strides to expel radical jihadists. In addition, the Taliban has carried out attacks on Afghan troops and civilian targets.
On Tuesday evening, a Taliban attack at a military outpost killed at least two dozen Afghan soldiers.
In the past year, there have been 13 attacks on Shiite neighborhoods in Afghanistan.
It was not immediately clear how the bomber managed to sneak into the building, used by the Shiite community as an education center, in the Dasht-i Barcha area of Kabul.
The spokesman for the public health ministry, Wahid Majroh, said 67 people were also wounded in the bombing and that the death toll — which steadily rose in the immediate aftermath of the bombing — could rise further. He did not say if all the victims were students and whether any of their teachers were also among the casualties.
Dawlat Hossain, father of 18-year-old student Fareba who had left her class just a few minutes before the bombing but was still inside the compound, was on his way to meet his daughter and started running when he heard the explosion.
Hossain recounted to The Associated Press how when he entered Fareba’s classroom, he saw parts of human bodies all over student desks and benches.
“There was blood everywhere, all over the room, so scary and horrible,” he said. After finding out that his daughter was safe, he helped move the wounded to hospitals.
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