Suicide blast at Kabul education institute kills 19

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Suicide blast at Kabul education institute kills 19

A suicide blast at an education institute in Kabul killed 19 people and wounded 27, police said on Friday.

Khalid Zadran, the Taliban-appointed spokesman for the Kabul police chief, said the explosion happened inside the centre in the Dashti Barchi neighborhood of Kabul.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Many of those living in the western area of the area where the blast occurred are Hazara, an ethnic minority targeted in past attacks launched by the militant group Islamic State, among others.

A blast took place inside an institute, the blast has caused casualties, said Khalid Zadran, Kabul police spokesperson. Security officials had arrived in the area to investigate, he said.

A witness said a suicide attacker had detonated explosives at an education centre, according to a witness who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity.

Interior ministry spokesman Abdul Nafy Takor said: Attacking civilian targets proves the enemy's inhuman cruelty and lack of moral standards. Videos posted online and photos published by local media showed bloodied victims being carried from the scene, AFP reported.

Teenage students were among the 24 killed in a 2020 attack claimed by Islamic State at an education centre in West Kabul.

Since taking over Afghanistan in August 2021, the Taliban have emphasised that they are securing the nation after decades of war, but recent months have seen a number of blasts at mosques and civilian areas.

More to come on this developing story.