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Explosion near Kabul school kills at least 6 civilians, injures 11

Explosion targeting educational institution At least six people, including students, were killed and wounded on March 11 in a predominantly Shiite neighborhood in the Afghan capital, police said.

The explosions, which occurred in rapid succession, are being investigated, and more casualties are feared, said Khalid Zadran, a spokesman for the Kabul police and the city’s Emergency Hospital. Some of the injured are in critical condition.

The blasts happened inside Abdul Rahim Shaheed High School and near the Mumtaz Education Center a few miles away, both in the Shia neighborhood of Dasht-e-Barchi. There were no immediate reports of casualties at the Mumtaz Center.

Security forces on the narrow street leading to the two-story high school said they saw 10 casualties. Inside the school, an Associated Press video journalist saw blood-splattered walls, burned children’s notebooks and shoes.

The AP spoke to several private bodyguards in the area, but they declined to give their names, fearing a siege by Taliban security forces.

Witnesses said it appeared a suicide bomber blew himself up inside the large compound that could hold up to 1,000 students. It was not immediately clear how many children were in the school at the time of the explosion.

The school only teaches students up to sixth grade after the Afghan school tough Taliban rulers promised to allow all girls to go to school.

Immediately, no one came forward to claim responsibility. The area has previously been the target of Afghanistan’s deadly Islamic State terrorist group, which considers Shia Muslims to be heretics.

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