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Death toll from explosions near Kabul school rises to more than 50

The death toll from a car bombing near a school in the western part of Kabul followed by two mine blasts has increased to more than 50 people, the Afghan Interior Ministry said on Sunday.

Kabul, 9 May 2021 (dpa/MIA) – The death toll from a car bombing near a school in the western part of Kabul followed by two mine blasts has increased to more than 50 people, the Afghan Interior Ministry said on Sunday.

At least 100 more people were wounded in the bombing that took place on Saturday near a school in Dasht-e-Barchi, a Shia-Hazara-populated area of the Afghan capital, ministry spokesman Tariq Arian said.

Most of the victims were civilians, mainly students, who were leaving the school when the bombings happened.

The number of victims might still increase as ambulances were transferring the wounded and dead until late Saturday night, Arian added.

The bombing targeting students was widely condemned domestically and internationally.

Pope Francis remembered the victims on Sunday, calling the bombing an “inhuman act,” especially as many of those who died were students.

The 84-year-old leader of the Catholic Church told people gathered at St Peter’s Square in the Vatican to pray for them and their families.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet. The Taliban were quick to reject their involvement in the attack. However, the government has blamed the militant group.

Islamic State is also active in the country.

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