Afghan men carry one of the victims, who were killed in suicide bombing, for burial in Kabul, Afghanistan. Reuters
The death toll due to a suicide attack outside an education centre in the Afghan capital of Kabul has increased to 30, a security official confirmed on Sunday.
The number of injured in the attack that took place near the Kawsar educational centre on Saturday evening in the Pul-e-Khoshk area has also increased to more than 70, TOLO News quoted the official as saying.
The Interior Ministry said that the suicide bomber was identified by security guards at the centre and detonated his explosives just before reaching his target.
"Most of the victims are young and teenagers," officials said.
Students search for their belongings in a room near the site where a suicide bomber blew himself up in Kabul. AFP
The Daesh terror group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
According to witnesses, dozens of students were in their classes when the attack took place.
A number of nearby houses were also damaged in the attack.
A funeral ceremony will be held on Sunday for the victims of the attack.
The attack has been widely condemned, TOLO News reported.
Abdullah Abdullah, head of the High Council of National Reconciliation, said the incident was inhuman and against Islamic principles and values.
While, US Charge d'Affaires Ross Wilson reiterated that the Americans stand with the Afghans, Sharhzad Akbar, the chairperson of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, said the attack "drains every last ounce of energy and hope".
The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan called the incident "a callous and senseless war crime" and urged redoubled efforts to stem violence and focus on peace talks.Indo-Asian News Service
The bloodshed in the capital comes amid an ongoing surge in attacks across Afghanistan, where some 1,500 people were killed or injured last month alone.
The blasts, which occurred in rapid succession, were being investigated and more casualties were feared, according to Kabul police spokesman Khalid Zadran and the city's Emergency Hospital. Several of the wounded were in critical condition.
A health source said hospitals had received 66 dead bodies and 78 wounded people so far. Emergency Hospital in downtown Kabul said it was treating 21 patients and two were dead on arrival.
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