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Scores of teens waiting to write exams among 19 killed in Kabul suicide bomb blast

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At least 19 people were killed on Friday, after a suicide bomber targeted an education center in the Afghan capital of Kabul where students were taking practice university entrance exams.

At least 19 people were killed after a suicide bomber targeted an education centre in the Afghan capital of Kabul. Picture: REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

AT LEAST 19 people were killed on Friday, after a suicide bomber targeted an education center in the Afghan capital of Kabul where students were taking practice university entrance exams.

The blast took place at the Kaaj education centre in the Dasht-e-Barchi area in the west of the city.

Nearly every Friday, explosions have targeted places of worship and other institutions in Afghanistan, carried out by the radical Islamic State group despite the Taliban takeover of the country a year ago, The Washington Post reported.

Police spokesman Khalid Zadran said 19 were killed and 27 wounded, but the toll is likely to climb.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) yesterday condemned the blast in the western Kabul area of Afghanistan.

Unicef said this “heinous act” claimed the lives of dozens of adolescent girls and boys and severely injured many more.

“Unicef is appalled by the horrific attack, early this morning, inside the Kaaj Educational Center in the Dasht-e-Barchi district of West #Kabul, #Afghanistan,” Unicef said in a tweet.

“Such places must be havens of peace where children can learn, be with friends, and feel safe as they build skills for their futures. Children and adolescents are not, and must never be, the target of violence,” Unicef said in another tweet.

According to authorities, the target was an education centre in the Dasht-i-Barchi neighbourhood, which is predominantly populated by ethnic Hazaras, a mostly Shiite Muslim group, citing a Washington Post report.

Eyewitnesses told the BBC that most of the victims were girls. A student who was wounded told AFP that there were around 600 people in the room when the attack happened, international media outlets reported on yesterday morning.

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