Kabul: A suicide attack at an education center in Kabul has killed at least 19 people, most of them female students, police and witnesses say.
As many as 27 others were wounded in the blast early on Friday, which occurred in the Dasht-e-Barchi neighborhood of western Kabul, according to police spokesman Khalid Zadran.
“Students were preparing for an exam when a suicide bomber struck at this educational center. Unfortunately, 19 people have been martyred and 27 others wounded,” he said.
Videos posted online and photos published by local media showed bloodied victims being carried away from the scene.
The victims included high school graduates, both girls and boys, who were taking a practice university entrance exam at the Kaj education center when the blast went off, Zadran said.
“Attacking civilian targets proves the enemy’s inhuman cruelty and lack of moral standards,” he said, without specifying who was believed to be behind the attack.
One wounded student said the victims were mostly girls.
“We were around 600 (students) in the classroom, but most of the casualties are among girls, they were seated in the front row” the male student told the AFP news agency from the hospital where he was being treated.
The Kaaj (Mawood) education center is a private college which teaches both male and female students. Most girls’ schools in the country have been closed since the Taliban returned to power in August last year, but some private schools are open.