34 killed, 56 wounded after IS militant blasts Afghanistan educational centre

Kabul: The Islamic State terror organisation on Thursday claimed responsibility for an attack on an educational centre in the Afghan capital of Kabul, which killed at least 34 people and wounded 56.

The government revised the number of deaths reported in the terror attack from 48 to 34. “The corrected information we got from our responsible departments now show that 34 people had been martyred and 56 injured,” the Ministry of Public Health said.

It said some casualties were double counted in the process of evacuation to hospitals. The Amaq agency, linked to the IS, identified the perpetrator as Abdulrauf al-Khorasani, in a statement over Telegram whose authenticity was yet to be verified. The attacker detonated his explosive belt inside the centre where hundreds of students were preparing for university exams.

Last attack on a mosque

  • This is not the first time that a minority Shia centre has been targeted by militants. In the past, attacks on cultural and religious buildings, especially of the minority Hazara community, have taken place.
  • An attack on private schools, the majority of which do not have security guards, is unusual. The last suicide attack against the Shia community took place in a mosque in early August in Afghanistan’s Paktia, leaving 30 dead and 81 injured.

Case study

  • 1,000 Schools across Afghanistan remain closed for security reasons.
  • 86 Schools destroyed by militant attacks this year alone, reports said.

(With inputs from Agencies)