Suicide bomber kills 48 people at an education centre in the Afghan capital, Kabul

Suicide bomber kills 48 people at an education centre in the Afghan capital, Kabul
Forty-eight people have been killed after a suicide bomber targeted students preparing for university exams in a Shi’ite area of the Afghan capital Kabul.
It’s the latest in a wave of attacks that have killed hundreds of civilians, soldiers and policemen over recent days.

The explosion, targeting an educational centre in the west of the Afghan capital, tore through a large tent set up as a classroom in the courtyard, also wounded at least 67 people.

No one has claimed responsibility but the attack bore the hallmark of Islamic State, which has conducted many previous attacks on Shi’ite targets.

The Taliban has denied any involvement.

The Shia community in Afghanistan has been repeatedly targeted by Sunni Muslim extremists of the Islamic State group, which views the Shia practice of Islam as heretical.

On the same day, the Taliban said it could no longer guarantee safe passage for Red Cross staff working in Afghanistan, amid a row over the treatment of Taliban prisoners in a jail in Kabul.

In a separate incident earlier in the day up to 44 police officers and soldiers were killed by the Taliban at their base in the northern province of Baghlan.

The attacks come as the central city of Ghazni struggles to recover from intense fighting between the militant group and government forces.

It underlines how badly security in Afghanistan has degenerated, some two months before parliamentary elections scheduled for October.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan called for the fighting to stop, saying up to 150 civilians are estimated to have been killed in Ghazni, where the public hospital was overwhelmed and water and electricity supplies cut.

“The extreme human suffering caused by the fighting in Ghazni highlights the urgent need for the war in Afghanistan to end,” said top U.N. official in Afghanistan, Tadamichi Yamamoto.

Euronews spoke to Emily Winterbotham from the Royal United Services Institute, an independent think tank on international defence and security.

She explains in the video above what she thinks is behind the recent upsurge of attacks in Afghanistan.

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