The death toll in multiple blasts outside a girls’ school in Kabul on Saturday afternoon has risen to 50, the Ministry of Interior said on Sunday, adding that more than 100 others were wounded in the incident.

According to sources, a car bomb exploded outside Sayed-ul-Shuhada High School in the west of Kabul and was followed by two rocket attacks.

The Ministry of Interior, however, said three blasts happened near the school: a car bomb attack and two IED blasts that were planted in the area.

The death toll in the blasts might increase, Tariq Arian, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said on Sunday. 

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the blasts while the Taliban denied involvement in the attack by condemning it in a tweet.

The incident happened when students were leaving the school.

“A car bomb blast happened first, and then two more explosions occurred,” said Ibrahim, a schoolteacher.

He added that the majority of victims are girls.

The attack was condemned by the Afghan government and some diplomatic missions in Kabul as an act of terror.

Meanwhile, the United States condemned the Kabul girls’ school bombing and called for an immediate end to violence and the senseless targeting of innocent civilians.

A State Department statement said: “We will continue to support and partner with the people of Afghanistan, who are determined to see to it that gains of the past two decades aren’t erased.”


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