A suicide bomber has attacked a tuition centre in the Afghan capital Kabul.
According to a report on Friday September 30, 2022, the bomber killed not less than 35 people, including a candidate sitting examination.
The United Nations reported that more than 80 others were wounded in the Friday’s attack at the Kaaj education centre in the Dasht-e-Barchi area.
Students had been sitting a practice university exam when the bomber struck. No group has yet claimed the attack.
Many of those in the area are minority Hazaras, who have often been targeted by Islamic State (IS) militants.
Dozens of Hazara women defied a ban on rallies from the country’s Taliban officials to protest against the violence on Saturday, the AFP news agency reported.
Around 50 women chanted while marching in the street, calling for an end to “Hazara genocide”.
In the aftermath of Friday’s attack, footage on local TV and shared on social media appeared to show scenes from a nearby hospital, where rows of covered bodies were laid out on the floor.
“We didn’t find her here,” a woman who was looking for her sister at one of the hospitals told AFP. “She was 19 years old.”
The attacker is reported to have shot at the guards outside the centre, entered a classroom and detonated a bomb.
Eyewitnesses told the BBC that most of the victims were girls – they were seated in the front row, near the blast.
A student who was wounded told AFP that there were around 600 people in the room when the attack happened.
Friends and relatives have been looking for their loved ones in hospitals in the capital
The Kaaj tuition centre 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.