Death toll rises to 85 in Afghanistan girls’ school bomb attack

ISIS is behind terrorist attack in Kabul: Taliban spokesman

The death toll in a bomb attack targeting schoolgirls in Kabul on Saturday has risen to 85, Danish Hedayat, head of media for the second vice president of Afghanistan.

Another 147 wounded people were wounded in the attack in the Dasht-e-Barchi neighborhood, said Hedayat.

A car bomb was detonated in front of the Sayed Al-Shuhada school, and two more bombs exploded when students rushed out in panic.

The area is home to a large community of Shiites from the Hazara ethnic minority, which has been targeted in the past by Islamic State, a Sunni militant group.

There has been no official claim of responsibility yet. The Taliban has denied being behind the Saturday evening attack.

Officials said most of those killed were schoolgirls. Some families were still searching hospitals for their children on Sunday.

“The first blast was powerful and happened so close to the children that some of them could not be found,” an Afghan official, requesting anonymity, told Reuters.

On Sunday, civilians and policemen collected books and school bags strewn across a blood-stained road now busy with shoppers ahead of celebrations for Eid al-Fitr next week.

One witness told Reuters all but seven or eight of the victims were schoolgirls going home after finishing their studies.

A Taliban spokesman in Afghanistan said there was no doubt that ISIS was behind the attack in Kabul.

In an interview with Iran Press on Saturday night, Zabihullah Mujahid blamed the National Directorate of Security’s headquarters in Kabul for paving the way for such activities for ISIS.

The Taliban spokesman said key ISIS elements were present in Kabul lodging houses.

Mujahid added that the Kabul intelligence service had provided umbrellas to these key ISIS operatives and that coordinated attacks were being carried out to discredit the Taliban and distort world public opinion

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