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Six people were killed and 20 were injured in Kabul blasts at a boys’ school.

Kabul: Two bomb blasts at a boys’ school in Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital, have killed at least six people and injured more than 20, according to officials. The explosions occurred at the Abdul Rahim Shahid high school in the city’s Shia-dominated west. The death and injury toll is expected to rise. A nearby tuition center was also targeted with grenades. There was no immediate admission of guilt. In the past, Islamic State militants have attacked the area.

Kabul: Multiple bomb attack in boys school

Initial reports suggested that suicide bombers had targeted Abdul Rahim Shahid students and staff, but Kabul police spokesman Khalid Zadran said improvised explosive devices had been left outside the school, killing six people.

“These are preliminary figures. We are at the site and waiting for more details,” he said.

According to Reuters, an unnamed official said the devices were placed in backpacks, one of which was detonated inside the school gates. Earlier, sources at Kabul’s Muhammad Ali Jinnah Hospital told the BBC that they had received four dead bodies and 19 injured people as a result of the school attack. Other blast victims are being treated in other locations. One witness told the AFP news agency that the blasts occurred as students were leaving their morning classes.

Kabul: Multiple bomb attack in boys school

Bloodstains on the ground are seen in photographs taken in the aftermath of the explosions, alongside discarded notebooks.

Because of its predominantly Hazara Shia Muslim population, the area where the attacks took place – Dasht-e-Barchi – has been a frequent target of attacks by the local branch of the Islamic State group. Hazaras are a religious and ethnic minority who are frequently persecuted by Sunni militant groups who regard them as heretics. According to local sources, a hand grenade was also thrown at a nearby tuition center for students preparing for a university entrance exam.

Following a wave of IS attacks last year in the aftermath of the Taliban takeover, the group’s activities had slowed. Over the last few years, the Islamic State has waged a devastating campaign against Shias in Afghanistan. Scores of people have been killed in bombings on targets such as sports arenas, cultural centers, and educational institutions.

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