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Attack on Educational Centers Still Face Unabated Reactions

Rafiullah Anwari

KABUL: The attack on two educational centers including Abdul Raheem Shaheed Highschool is still facing condemnation inside and outside Afghanistan.

On Tuesday, three back-to-back blasts hit two educational centers. The first blast took place near Mumtaz Education Center and was followed by two blasts near Abdul Raheem Shaheed High School in the same area.

The attack was condemned by the UN Secretary -General Antonio Guterres.

“Attacks against civilians and civilian infrastructure, including schools, are strictly prohibited under international humanitarian law,” he said in a tweet.

The US Department of State in a statement expressed “outrage” over the “heinous attacks”. 

“We offer sincere condolences to the families and other loved ones of those killed in these cowardly acts. The perpetrators must be brought to justice,” the statement said. “All Afghan children deserve to pursue their studies safely and without fear of violence.”

The UNICEF executive director, Catherine Russell in a statement said she was “horrified by the brutal attacks targeting school children today in western Kabul, Afghanistan.

“UNICEF condemns this attack and appeals in the strongest terms to all parties to protect children at all times,” the statement said. 

The US special envoy for Afghanistan, Thomas West on Twitter condemned the “horrific and cowardly attacks on students in Kabul today.” 

“No one should have to worry about their safety while being educated,” he said. 

The Islamic Emirate said it is committed to bringing perpetrators of the attacks to justice.  

Inamullah Samangani, deputy spokesman for the Islamic Emirate, said that the Islamic Emirate is committed to punishing the perpetrators and preventing the repeat of such attacks in the future.

EU special envoy Tomas Niklasson also condemned the attacks.

“On Tuesday, heinous and coward attacks targeted educational facilities in the mostly Shia-populated areas of Kabul, killing and injuring many students. The EU calls on the de facto authorities to hold those responsible to account,” he said.

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) expressed its dismay and concern over the attacks.

The Foreign Ministry of Qatar in a statement also condemned the attacks.

The Ministry of Public Health confirmed five dead and 20 wounded. But witnesses said that the number of casualties was high.

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