A car exploded at the gate of the school. (Source of image: The New York Times)
On May 8, explosions caused by a car bomb and mortars outside a school in Kabul killed 55 and wounded over 150 people. According to a senior security official, most of the casualties were students coming out of the Sayed ul Shuhada school. Also, many were badly wounded in the hospital. Tariq Arian, the Interior Ministry spokesperson said, 3 explosions struck outside the school entrance as students were leaving the school. Also, many eyewitnesses informed — 1st the explosion was caused by a minivan, followed by two smaller blasts about 10 minutes later, which injured people who rushed to the scene to help. Staff at the Emergency hospital said that improvised explosive devices caused the last two blasts.
The site of a blast not far from the school’s entrance. (Source of image: The New York Times)
The Sayed ul Shuhada high school teaches both girls and boys in three different shifts. The second shift is for female students. A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Education, Najiba Arian said most of them were female students.
A family grieved on Saturday after the attack on Sayed Ul-Shuhada high school in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Source of image: The New York Times)
A grieving relative of one victim said, "I do not know what country we are in ... We want peace and security." There have been dozens of distressed parents and relatives searching for their children.
People stand at the site of a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Source of image: Reuters)
No group has claimed responsibility for Saturday's attack. Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban spokesperson denied the group's involvement in the incident. But President Ashraf Ghani blamed it on Taliban insurgents, saying that these explosions were in a heavily Shi'ite Muslim neighborhood that faced brutal attacks over the years by Islamic State militants — including one on a maternity ward (a year ago). He said: "The Taliban, by escalating their illegitimate war and violence, have once again shown that they are not only reluctant to resolve the current crisis peacefully and but are complicating the situation."
An injured woman is transported to a hospital after a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan on May 8, 2021. (Source of image: Reuters)
Ross Wilson, Washington's top diplomat in Afghanistan, tweeted, "With scores murdered, this unforgivable attack on children is an assault on Afghanistan's future, which cannot stand." An agreement was signed by The Taliban and United States last year to end the 20-year war: it started with the invasion in Afghanistan by the U.S. and allied forces following the Sept 11, 2001 attacks in the United States by Al Qaeda, whose leader- Osama bin Laden was given shelter by the Taliban government. According to this agreement, Washington had to pull out their troops for Taliban security guarantees. Also, for the group to start peace talks with the Afghan government. Talks began last year but have since stalled. Even after these Taliban attacks on foreign forces have been ceased, they still continue to target government forces. Various activists, journalists, and academics have been killed in attacks, which are blamed on the Taliban.