An explosion on Friday near a gate to the campus of Kabul University in the Afghan capital killed eight people and injured at least 33 as students waited to take an examination, officials said.
Afghan security forces are facing almost daily attacks by Taliban militants, despite reported progress in efforts by the United States to broker an end to Afghanistan’s nearly 18-year war, India Today reported.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, the latest to target Kabul. Both the Taliban and the Islamic State group often stage large-scale bombings in the city. The Taliban generally target Afghan forces and government officials and the Islamic State also often attacks minority Shiites, API said.
“The early morning blast also set two vehicles ablaze although it wasn’t clear if the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber or a remotely detonated bomb,” said Kabul police spokesman Ferdous Faramarz.
The casualty tolls were released by the Health Ministry spokesman, Dr. Wahidullah Mayar, who tweeted: “All the wounded patients were evacuated to our hospitals and have been receiving the required treatment.”
As per the reports from hospitals around the city, after initial reports of six dead, Mayer said two people died of their wounds and that the number of wounded rose to 33.
“A police team defused a second bomb placed near the explosion site”, Kabul police spokesman Faramarz Firdaws said.