Taliban: 10 killed in bombing of Afghan religious school

ISlamabad: A bomb explosion attacked a religious school in northern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing at least 10 students, one Taliban official said. The explosion happened around afternoon prayer time at Al Jihad Madrassa in Aybak, the capital of Samangan province, a city resident who heard the explosion told the AP news agency. Most of the students at the school are young men, the resident said, speaking on condition of anonymity for his own safety.
Video distributed by the Taliban to the media showed the site of the explosion, a hall littered with debris, carpets and shoes, with corpses and blood stains on the floor. Sirens could be heard in the background and men, some armed, moved through the hall to survey the aftermath of the explosion.
Spokesperson of the Ministry of the Interior Abdul Nafi Takor said several students were injured in the attack. Samangan province has an ethnic majority Uzbeks.
There is no immediate claim of responsibility. But the Afghan branch of Islamic State The group has waged an escalating campaign of violence since the Taliban came to power in August 2021.
IS has carried out bombings targeting the Shiite Muslim minority in Afghanistan but has also targeted Sunni mosques and madrassas, particularly those with ties to the Taliban. Both the Taliban and the Islamic State group follow a hardline ideology but are fierce opponents of each other.


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