At least 40 people were killed on May 8 when three explosions rocked the Sayed ul Shuhada school to the west of the Afghan capital Kabul.
The first explosion was caused by a booby-trapped car. Later, two rockets landed near the school, which hosts mostly female students.
A spokesman for the Interior Ministry, Tariq Arian, said that 25 people were killed. However, Ghulam Dastagir Nazari, a spokesman for the Health Ministry, put the death toll at 46 people. Most of the victims were reportedly students.
The Taliban quickly denied responsibility for the attack. The group’s spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, even condemned the incident on Twitter.
We condemn today's blast in Dashti Barchi #Kabul which targeted civilians & sadly caused heavy losses.
These are the actions of sinister circles that are operating in the name of Daesh under the wings & intelligence cover of #Kabul admin.
— Zabihullah (..ذبـــــیح الله م ) (@Zabehulah_M33) May 8, 2021
The hideous attack may have been orchestrated by ISIS, whose cells were behind several bombings and rocket attacks on Kabul in the recent months. As for now, the terrorist group is still silent.
The attack exposes the fragile situation in the Afghan capital, which is yet to be secured. The ongoing conflict between the government and the Taliban remains the main destabilizing factor. The US withdrawal from Afghanistan will further complicate the situation.