A school in the Afghan capital hit by explosions raises fears of victims | News

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The school in Dasht-e-Barchi – a Hazara Shiite neighborhood – was hit by three explosions, police said.

A boys’ school in the Dasht-e-Barchi neighborhood in western Kabul was hit by blasts, killing people, according to police in the Afghan capital.

Tuesday’s blasts occurred as students were leaving their morning classes at Abdul Rahim Shahid High School, a witness told AFP news agency.

Many residents of the neighborhood belong to the Shia Hazara community, an ethnic and religious minority that has been frequently targeted by ISIL (ISIL) attacks in the past.

“Three explosions took place (…) in a high school, there are victims among our Shiite people,” said Khalid Zadran, the Kabul police spokesman.

The head of a hospital nursing department, who declined to be named, told Reuters news agency that at least four people had been killed and 14 injured in the blasts.

Al Jazeera was unable to independently confirm the number of casualties, however.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which followed a lull in violence over the cold winter months and after the withdrawal of foreign forces last year.

Afghanistan’s Taliban leaders say they have secured the country since taking power in August, but international officials and analysts say the risk of a rebellion remains.

Many attacks in recent months have been claimed by ISIL.

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