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At least 68 killed in Afghan school blast

People stand at the site of a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan May 8, 2021.  REUTERS/Stringer

May 10,(Reuters) Afghanistan: The death toll from a bomb attack outside a school in the Afghan capital Kabul has risen to 68, officials said on Sunday, with doctors struggling to care for 165 injured victims and families searching desperately for missing children.

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

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

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

Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday blamed Taliban insurgents for the attack.

However, a spokesperson  for the group denied involvement and condemned any attacks on Afghan civilians.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also condemned the attack and expressed his deepest sympathies to the victims’ families and to the Afghan government and people.

Families of the victims blamed the government and Western powers for failing to put an end to violence and the ongoing war.

Security was intensified across Kabul after the attack but authorities said they would not be able to provide security to all schools, mosques and other public places.

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