A suicide bombing at an education center in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul killed at least 18 people and injured dozens more on Saturday, officials said.
Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian cited security guards as identifying a bomber that detonated explosives in the street outside the Danish education center in Kawsar-e.
Eighteen people were killed and 57 were injured in the attack, according to the Interior Ministry.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the bombing, the group said in a Telegram statement, without providing any evidence.
A Taliban spokesperson on Twitter denied responsibility for the attack, which comes at a sensitive time as teams representing the insurgents and the government meet in Qatar to seek a peace deal.
The attack took place in an area in western Kabul that is home to many members of the country’s Shiite community, a religious minority in Afghanistan targeted by groups such as the Islamic State in the past.
Dozens of students died in the same area of Kabul in an attack on another education center in 2018, while in May gunmen attacked a maternity hospital, killing 24 people, including mothers and babies. .
The latest attack follows heavy fighting in several provinces in recent weeks, which has displaced thousands of civilians in southern Helmand province.
“How much more can we endure, as individuals and as a society? How many times can we stand up?” Shaharzad Akbar, chairman of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission asked on Twitter, saying targeting civilians was a war crime.
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