Officials said a suicide explosion at an education center in the Afghan capital, Kabul, killed at least 18 people and injured dozens.
Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Ariyan cited a security guard who identified a bomber that detonated an explosive in the street outside the Kawas-e-Danish education center.
According to the Interior Ministry, eighteen people were killed and 57 were injured in the attack.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the bombings, the group said in a Telegram statement, without providing any evidence.
A Taliban spokesperson on Twitter denied responsibility for the attack, which comes at a sensitive time as rebels and government teams seek a peace deal in Qatar.
The attack took place in an area in western Kabul which is home to many of the country’s Shia community, who in the past were religious minorities in Afghanistan targeted by groups such as the Islamic State. .
In 2018, an attack on another education center killed dozens of students in the same area of Kabul, while gunmen attacked a maternity hospital in May, killing 24 people, including mothers and children.
The latest attack has come in recent weeks due to heavy fighting in several provinces, which has displaced thousands of civilians in southern Helmand province.
“How much more can we bear, as individuals and as a society? How often can we get up? ” Shahzad Akbar, chairman of the Independent Human Rights Commission in Afghanistan, said on Twitter that targeting civilians was a war crime.
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