0711 GMT August 13, 2022
Iran on Tuesday strongly condemned multiple bomb attacks on a high school in a Shia neighborhood west of the Afghan capital Kabul, calling for the culprits to be brought to justice.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh blamed Takfiri terrorists for the bloodshed and killing innocent schoolchildren.
“These anti-religion devils did not even observe the sanctity of the holy month of Ramadan,” Khatibzadeh said in a tweet.
“While condemning this crime, we call on the Afghan authorities to identify and punish the perpetrators of this terrorist act,” he added.
At least six people were killed and 24 wounded on Tuesday by two bomb blasts that struck the boys' school, police and hospital staff said.
Several bodies were strewn outside the gate of a school in the densely populated Shia Dasht-e-Barchi neighborhood, alongside patches of blood, burnt books and school bags, AFP reported.
"We were leaving school and had just stepped out from the rear gate when the explosion occurred," Ali Jan, a student who was wounded in the attack, said.
The second blast took place as rescuers arrived to ferry victims from the first explosion to hospitals.
"Some of our friends have lost hands, while some were covered in blood," said Saeed Rahmatullah Haidari, a student at the school.
"There were pieces of broken glass and pools of blood... my whole body was shaking."
Outside a hospital treating the wounded, women cried out as they scanned through pictures of victims posted on nearby walls by medics.
Kabul police spokesman Khalid Zadran said that the attack outside the Abdul Rahim Shahid school was caused by two improvised explosive devices.
A grenade was also thrown at a nearby English language center in the same area, wounding one person, he later said.
The Dasht-e-Barchi neighbourhood is mainly home to the Hazara community and has been previously targeted by the Daesh terror group.
The Hazara community, which makes up between 10 and 20 percent of the country's 38 million people, has long been the target of mass-casualty attacks.
Since seizing power in August, the Taliban have regularly carried out raids on suspected Daesh hideouts, mainly in the eastern Nangarhar Province.
Daesh has claimed some of the deadliest attacks in Afghanistan in recent years.
In May last year at least 85 people — mainly girl students — were killed and about 300 wounded when three bombs exploded near their school in Dasht-e-Barchi.
No group claimed responsibility, but in October 2020 Daesh claimed a suicide attack on an educational center in the same area that killed 24, including students.
In May 2020, the group was blamed for a bloody gun attack on a maternity ward of a hospital in the neighborhood that killed 25 people, including new mothers.