They will be out by September 11 at the latest. While no one has claimed responsibility for the bombing, previous brutal attacks in the same neighborhood have been claimed by the Afghan ISIS affiliate. The pullout comes amid a resurgent Taliban, who control or hold sway over half of Afghanistan. Rahmat Gul/AP
The radical Sunni Muslim group has declared war on Afghanistan’s minority Shiite Muslims. Trending News
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In Dasht-e-Barchi, angry crowds attacked the ambulances and even beat health workers as they tried to evacuate the wounded, Health Ministry spokesman Ghulam Dastigar Nazari said. The explosion is being investigated, said Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian who added the death toll could rise further. military officer said Sunday that Afghan government forces face an uncertain future and possibly some “bad possible outcomes” against Taliban insurgents as the withdrawal accelerates in the coming weeks. Residents in the area said the explosion was deafening. While IS has taken responsibility for some of those killings, many have gone unclaimed. officials, it has stepped-up its attacks particularly against Shiite Muslims and women workers. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, and Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told reporters in a message that only ISIS could be responsible for such a heinous crime. First published on May 8, 2021 / 11:23 AM One, Naser Rahimi, told The Associated Press he heard three separate explosions, although there was no official confirmation of multiple blasts. He implored residents to cooperate and allow ambulances free access to the site. Images circulating on social media purportedly showed bloodied school backpacks and books strewn across the street in front if the school, and smoke rising above the neighborhood. The Taliban condemned the attack apparently aimed at civilians, and denied any responsibility. At one nearby hospital, Associated Press journalists saw at least 20 dead bodies lined up in hallways and rooms, with dozens of wounded people and families of victims pressing through the facility.
Afghan men try to identify the dead bodies at a hospital after a bomb explosion near a school west of Kabul, Afghanistan, May 8, 2021. Both Arian and Nazari said that at least 50 people were also wounded, and that the casualty toll could rise. The attack comes days after the remaining 2,500 to 3,500 American troops officially began leaving the country. The attack occurred just as the fasting day came to an end. The top U.S. Outside the Muhammad Ali Jinnah Hospital, dozens of people lined up to donate blood, while family members checked casualty posted lists on the walls. ISIS has previously claimed attacks against minority Shiites in the same area, last year claiming two brutal attacks on education facilities that killed 50 people, most of them students. Even as ISIS has been degraded in Afghanistan, according to government and U.S. The Taliban and the Afghan government have traded accusations over a series of targeted killings of civil society workers, journalists and Afghan professionals. Washington blamed ISIS for a vicious attack last year in a maternity hospital in the same area that killed pregnant women and newborn babies. Mujahid also accused Afghanistan’s intelligence agency of being complicit with IS, although he offered no evidence. Ambulances were rushing to evacuate wounded from the scene of the blast near Syed Al-Shahda school, in the Shiite majority neighborhood of Dasht-e-Barchi, Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian said. Bomb near school in Afghan capital kills at least 30
May 8, 2021 / 11:23 AM
A bomb exploded near a girl’s school in a majority Shiite district of west Kabul on Saturday, killing at least 30 people, many them young pupils between 11 and 15 years old, Afghan government spokesmen said. Rahimi also said he believed that the sheer power of the explosion meant the death toll would almost certainly climb. Earlier the group took responsibility for the targeted killing of three women media personnel in eastern Afghanistan.