An explosion was heard near Maulana Jalaluddin Mohammad Balkhi High School in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday, raising the possibility of a second blast in two days. Kabul police spokesman Khalid Zadran said the blast was caused by explosives near the school, but no casualties were reported. However, he did not provide further details, TOLO News reported.
Meanwhile, residents said the sound of the explosion was extremely loud. “I was working here when I heard the sound of a rocket. When I came out, I saw the children running away… There were no injuries,” said Noor Mohammad, a resident of the region, quoted by TOLO News.
“There was an explosion. I came out and saw the students of the school screaming and running away. I then saw that the explosion had occurred on the bank,” Barialai said, another local resident. Earlier on Friday, an explosion took place in the capital of Afghanistan that killed 19 people and injured dozens inside the Kaaj educational center.
The blast occurred in Kabul’s 13th Security Zone, Taliban spokesman Abdul Nafee Takour was quoted as saying by TOLO News. The blast comes days after an explosion was reported near Kabul’s Wazir Akbar Khan neighborhood that sparked global outcry. The recent explosion outside the Russian Embassy in Kabul was also condemned in the strongest terms.
The series of explosions comes as the Taliban have completed a year of rule in Afghanistan following the ousting of the US-backed civilian government last year. Rights groups said the Taliban had broken several promises to respect human and women’s rights. After capturing Kabul in August last year, Islamic authorities imposed severe restrictions on the rights of women and girls, cracked down on the media, and arbitrarily detained, tortured and summarily executed critics and suspected opponents.
Rights groups say the Taliban’s human rights abuses have drawn widespread condemnation and jeopardized international efforts to address the country’s dire humanitarian situation. (ANI)
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