On September 30, at least 35 students were killed and 82 others were wounded as a result of a suicide bomb attack that targeted an educational center in the Afghan capital, Kabul.
The attack took place as students were taking a practice university entrance exam at the Kaaj education center, which is located in the predominantly Hazara neighborhood Dasht-e-Barchi. The Hazara is an ethnic minority group that has long faced oppression.
The United Nations mission in Afghanistan said on Twitter a day after the attack that the “majority of casualties are girls and young women.”
Zabiullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban, condemned the attack and called it “great horror.” The attack was also condemned by the United States and Iran.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, which occurred in a women’s section of the educational center. However, the local ISIS affiliate, the Islamic State–Khorasan Province (ISIS-K), claimed responsibility for similar attacks on education centers in recent years.
Two years ago, the terrorist group attacked an educational center in Dasht-e-Barchi in similar fashion. At least 24 people were killed back then.
ISIS-K stepped up its attacks in Kabul, especially against the Hazara minority, following the Taliban takeover more than a year ago. Today, the terrorist group is without a doubt the most dangerous serious challenge facing the Taliban’s new regime.