At Least 30 People Killed, Including Many Young Students, in Bombing Near School in Kabul

An injured school student is transported to a hospital after a bomb explosion near a school in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday. Rahmat Gul/AP

A bombing near a school in Kabul Saturday killed at least 30 people, many of them young students.

At least 52 people were wounded in the attack, according to an interior ministry spokesperson.

No group has claimed responsibility.

Female students may have been targeted. The Sayed Ul-Shuhada high school teaches boys and girls, but not together. Girls attend classes in the afternoon when the explosion occurred.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani blamed the Taliban for the attack. But a Taliban spokesperson condemned the attack and denied responsibility. Islamic State militants have also carried out attacks in the area in the past.

It happened in the Kabul district of Dasht-e-Barchi, where gunmen killed 16 people in a hospital maternity ward one year ago. Among the victims were newborns, their mothers and the nurses who had been supporting them.

It comes as the U.S. and NATO have begun removing all remaining troops from Afghanistan. President Biden says he is aiming to complete the drawdown by Sept. 11, marking the end a 20-year war.

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SOURCE: NPR, Amy Held

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