Sad News, Explosion at School Kills 40 People

UMMATIMES - Obituary. Several blasts on Saturday targeted a school in the Afghan capital, Kabul, killing at least 40 people and injuring dozens of others, mostly students, said a senior interior ministry official.

The senior interior ministry official told Reuters on condition of anonymity that most of the victims were students who had dropped out of the Sayed ul Shuhada school.

Afghan interior ministry spokesman Tariq Arian said the death toll was at least 25, but he did not explain the cause or target of the explosion.

Afghan health ministry spokesman Ghulam Dastagir Nazari said 46 people had been admitted to hospital so far.

Kabul has been on high alert since Washington last month announced plans to withdraw all US troops by September 11.

Afghan officials say the Taliban have stepped up attacks across the country. Neither group has claimed responsibility for the blast attack that took place on Saturday.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid denied his group's involvement and condemned the incident.

The explosion occurred in the western part of Kabul in a Shiite Muslim neighborhood that has been regularly attacked by ISIS militants for years.

Sayed ul Shuhada School is a joint secondary school for girls and boys, studying in three shifts of which the second turn is for female students, Afghanistan Ministry of Education spokesman Najiba Arian told Reuters.

"The victims of the injuries in the explosion attack were mostly students," he said.

“The horrendous attack on the Dasht-i Barchi area in Kabul, is a despicable act of terrorism. Targeting mainly students in girls' schools makes this an attack on Afghanistan's future, "the EU mission in Afghanistan said on Twitter.