Blast near school in Afghan capital Kabul kills over two dozen

Blast near school in Afghan capital Kabul kills over two dozen

Kabul is on high alert since Washington announced plans last month to pull out all USA troops by September 11, with Afghan officials saying the Taliban have stepped up attacks across the country.

Images circulating on social media purportedly showed smoke rising above the neighbourhood.

Residents in the area said one explosion was deafening.

Outside the Muhammad Ali Jinnah Hospital, dozens of people lined up to donate blood, while family members checked casualty posted lists on the walls.

The bombing, apparently aimed to cause maximum civilian carnage, adds to fears that violence in the war-wrecked country could escalate as the USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation end almost 20 years of military engagement.

The Sunnis in Kabul also expressed their displeasure with the Shiites.

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

As of yet, there's been no claim for the attack on Saturday.

Washington's top diplomat in Afghanistan, Ross Wilson, condemned the attack in a post on Twitter: "With scores murdered, this unforgivable attack on children is an assault on Afghanistan's future, which can not stand".

He said more than 100 people had been wounded, adding that most of the victims were female students. "We identify the number of Taliban [militants] ... before an attack and after an attack, residents tell us about the figures that there are still Taliban bodies left in the fighting ... the locals are cooperating with us in collecting the data", ministry spokesman Fawad Aman said.

Angry crowds outside the school attacked ambulances racing to ferry away the wounded and even beat health workers, said health ministry spokesman Ghulam Dastigar Nazari.

"Why not just kill all of us to put an end to this war?" he said.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told reporters in a message that only the Daesh group could be responsible for such a heinous crime.

Meanwhile, Pakistan strongly condemns the reprehensible attacks at a school in Kabul, Afghanistan which led to loss of many precious lives and injuries.

Multiple blasts outside a school here on Saturday killed at least 30 people and wounded dozens more, mostly female students, officials said, in an attack Afghan President Ashraf Ghani blamed on the insurgent Taliban.

The Taliban and the Afghan government have traded accusations over a series of targeted killings of civil society workers, journalists and Afghan professionals.

Even as ISIS has been degraded in Afghanistan, according to government and USA officials, it has stepped up its attacks - particularly against Shia Muslims and female workers. While ISIS has taken responsibility for some of those killings, many have gone unclaimed. He offered no proof.

But the group has clashed in near-daily battles in the rugged countryside with Afghan forces even as the U.S. military continues its withdrawal.

Washington has ordered U.S. troops in Afghanistan to pull out by September 11, exactly 20 years after the terrorist attacks on the US.

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