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At least 25 killed in Kabul explosion

Taliban fighters stand guard in front of the education center Associated Press/Photo by Ebrahim Noroozi

At least 25 killed in Kabul explosion

A suicide bomber struck an education center in a Shiite section of Afghanistan’s capital Friday. The explosion killed at least 25 people and wounded many others, including teenagers taking college practice entrance exams. Eyewitnesses said the explosion tore through the building about an hour into the test. Police have arrested a suspect who might have links to the attack, Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Abdul Nafi Takor said.

What motivated the attack? The students were largely members of the Hazara ethnic group, which is part of the country’s Shiite minority. The school is in the Dashti Barchi neighborhood. Afghanistan’s Islamic State affiliate did not immediately claim responsibility for the attack, but it has targeted Shiite groups and that particular neighborhood for years. Islamic State has also increased its attacks since the Taliban took over the country last year.

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Josh Schumacher

Josh is a breaking news reporter for WORLD. He’s a graduate of WORLD Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College.


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