55 die,150 injured in Kabul terrorist attack

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The Afghan capital Kabul suffered another bloody terrorist attack on Saturday, Reuters reported. At least 55 died and some 150 were injured due to an assault by car bombs. Witnesses said at least three explosions were heard as pupils were leaving the ground after their classes. The bombs were mounted in three vehicles and exploded close to the school entrance. Most of the victims were girls between 11 and 14. Medics expect the death-toll to rise as a lot of the wounded were in critical condition.

The blasts occurred in a mostly Shiite neighborhood in the west of the capital. The Taliban denied responsibility, condemning the attack. "It was a car bomb blast that occurred in front of the school entrance," an eyewitness told Reuters, asking not to be named. He said all but seven or eight of the victims were schoolgirls going home after finishing their studies.

At the Sayed ul Shuhada high school, girls and boys study in three shifts, the second of which is for female students, Najiba Arian, spokeswoman for the Ministry of Education, told Reuters. The wounded were mostly female students, she said. The area has been hit by violence against minority Shiites and most often claimed by the Islamic State affiliate operating in the country, AP elaborated.

The radical Sunni Muslim group has declared war on Afghanistan’s Shiites. Washington blamed IS for a vicious attack last year in a maternity hospital in the same area that killed pregnant women and newborn babies. Soon after the bombing, angry crowds attacked ambulances and even beat health workers as they tried to evacuate the wounded, Health Ministry spokesman Ghulam Dastigar Nazari said. He had implored residents to cooperate and allow ambulances free access to the site. Kabul has been on high alert since Washington announced plans last month to pull out all US troops by 11 Sept., with Afghan officials saying the Taliban have stepped up attacks across the country following the announcement.

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