0131 GMT December 09, 2022
A suicide attack at a tutoring center in the Afghan capital Kabul killed at least 19 people and wounded dozens, police said on Friday.
Kabul police spokesperson Khalid Zadran said the official toll was 19 people dead and 27 wounded, Reuters reported.
He said the attack took place at a private tutoring center where an exam was taking place. Schools are usually closed in Afghanistan on Fridays.
“Attacking civilian targets proves the enemy’s inhuman cruelty and lack of moral standards,” he said, without specifying who was believed to be behind the attack.
The official death toll is likely to rise. A hospital source said 23 people had been killed. A Taliban source said 33 people had been killed and that female students were among the casualties.
Many of those living in the western area where the blast occurred are Hazara, an ethnic mostly Shia Muslim minority targeted in past attacks launched by Daesh and others.
The age of the students was not immediately clear, but private institutes such as the one targeted prepare teenage students in their final years of high school for university entrance exams.
Iran condemned the attack as a “heinous act” that “runs against religious teachings and basic human principles”.
Iran’s Special Envoy for Afghanistan Hassan Kazemi-Qomi said Tehran was ready to provide assistance to the country.