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A bombing near a school in Kabul on Saturday killed at least 30 people, many of them young students.
At least 52 people were injured in the attack, according to a spokesperson for the Ministry of the Interior.
No group has claimed responsibility.
The students may have been targeted. Sayed Ul-Shuhada High School teaches boys and girls, but not together. The girls attend classes in the afternoon when the explosion occurred.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani blamed the Taliban for the attack. But one Taliban spokesperson condemned the attack and denied any responsibility. Islamic State militants have also carried out attacks in the region in the past.
This happened in the Dasht-e-Barchi district of Kabul, where gunmen killed 16 people in a maternity ward at a hospital a year ago. Among the victims were newborn babies, their mothers and the nurses who supported them.
It comes as the United States and NATO have begun to withdraw all remaining troops from Afghanistan. President Biden has said he intends to complete the withdrawal by September 11, marking the end of a 20-year war.
US intelligence agencies have warned that “the Taliban are likely to make gains on the battlefield, and the Afghan government will find it difficult to keep the Taliban at bay if the coalition withdraws its support.”
Deadly attacks in Afghanistan have escalated in recent days.
The New York Times reports that for the week ending May 6, “at least 140 pro-government forces and 44 civilians were killed in Afghanistan … the highest number of deaths in a single week since October.”
When Biden announced the withdrawal last month, he pledged that the United States “will continue to provide assistance” to the Afghan security forces and reorganize the American counterterrorism forces “on the horizon”, to prevent Afghanistan from reverting. a safe haven for terrorists planning attacks on the United States.
Former President Donald Trump had promised a complete withdrawal of American troops by May 1, a deadline that Biden had found difficult to meet.
The Taliban oppose most studies for women and girls.
Ross Wilson, American charge d’affaires in Kabul, called the attack on the “disgusting” school.
“This unforgivable attack on children is an attack on the future of Afghanistan, which cannot stand,” he wrote.