World News – AU – School bombing in Afghanistan targets minority community


As Afghan peace talks advance in Doha, a brutal attack on a school in Kabul on Saturday underscored the terrible toll the conflict continues to take against civilians
Massive suicide bombing on October 24 outside the Danish educational center Kawsar-e west of Kabul was the latest attack cruelly targeting the Shiite Hazara minority The explosion took place on a narrow, crowded street outside the center, killing 30 people and injuring more than 70, mostly children and young adults between the ages of 15 and 26 who were in school
Since 2017, the Dasht-e Barchi neighborhood, home to a predominantly Hazara community, has seen numerous attacks against civilians A bombing of the Imam Zaman mosque in October 2017 killed 39 people; an attack on a school in August 2018 killed more than 34 students; and two bombings at a wrestling club in September 2018 killed 20 people, including journalists and first responders who arrived after the first explosion In May, gunmen murdered 15 women in the maternity ward of Dasht-e Barchi hospital, many of whom were in labor or had just given birth
Islamic State of Khorasan Province (ISKP), the Afghan branch of the Islamic State (ISIS), claimed responsibility for Saturday’s attack.The armed group has claimed responsibility for numerous bombings and has long chosen the Shiite Hazara community in Afghanistan for an attack Intentional attacks on civilians are serious violations of the law of war, and those responsible should be prosecuted for war crimes
Many mosques and educational institutions in Kabul now have armed guards, but this offers little protection against such calculated attacks. Afghan authorities repeatedly promise investigations, including directing the Attorney General’s war crimes unit to conduct them, but none have yielded results, leaving family members of victims unresponsive and unresolved »They are killing our young people, » said the relative of one of the victims of the attack on Saturday The students, mostly from poor families who, as one of their teachers put it, had come to Kabul with the hope « of a better future » On Sunday they were buried

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