Bomb blast kills 48 in Kabul

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Men carry an injured person at a hospital after a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan on August 15, 2018. Up to 48 students were killed and 67 others injured in the suicide bomb blast. Reuters

KABUL (Xinhua) – Up to 48 students were killed and 67 others injured, in a suicide bomb blast, targeting a private educational centre, in the Dasht-e-Barchi locality, here on Wednesday.

Earlier reports said that, 25 people were killed and 36 others injured.

Most of the victims were high school graduates, who attended lessons on preparation for university entry test.

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Among the victims were many female students.

The UN mission in the country, condemned the attack, saying, in a statement, that, “no justification, whatsoever, for targeting civilians, at any time, under any circumstances.”

No group has claimed responsibility yet.

However, people pointed finger at the hardliner Daesh group, saying, the extremist outfit could be behind the deadly attack, as it did in the past.

The explosion, which came as the central city of Ghazni struggles to recover from five days of intense fighting between the Taliban and government forces, underlined how badly security in Afghanistan has degenerated, some two months before parliamentary elections scheduled for October.

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