Afghan children buried as attack toll rises to 60

Families bury schoolchildren of blast that killed dozens
Families began to bury some of the victims on Sunday. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: Afghan families have been burying their children who were killed in explosions on Sunday in the capital, Kabul.

More than 60 people, most of them are girls, are now known to have died in the attack that hit students as they left class.

No-one has acknowledged carrying out the attack in Dasht-e-Barchi, an area often hit by Sunni Islamist militants.

The Afghan government blamed Taliban for the attack, but the militant group denied involvement.

The exact target for Saturday’s bloodshed is not clear. The blasts come against a backdrop of rising violence as the US started withdrawing all its troops from Afghanistan by 11 September.

The neighbourhood in western Kabul where the explosion took place is home to many from the Hazara minority community, who are of Mongolian and Central Asian descent and are mainly Shia Muslims.

Almost exactly a year ago, a maternity unit at the local hospital was attacked, leaving 24 children, babies and women dead.

Heather Barr, who works for Human Rights Watch, tweeted a series of photos and videos of what she said was the school in Kabul – including a tour of the site given by one of the students. Ms Barr said the group had filmed a documentary in the school in 2017.

Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Prize winner and who was shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012 – posted about the “horrendous attack” on Twitter.

She wrote: “My heart is with the Kabul school victims’ families.”

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