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UPDATE - 19 killed, 28 injured in Afghanistan suicide bombing

UPDATE - 19 killed, 28 injured in Afghanistan suicide bombing
Suicide bomber targeted Kaaj educational institution in Kabul's Dasht e Barchi neighborhood when students were busy taking entrance exams

ADDS STATEMENT BY TURKISH FOREIGN MINISTRY

By Islamuddin Sajid

ISLAMABAD (AA) – A suicide bomber blew himself up at an educational center in the Afghan capital Kabul, killing at least 19 people and injuring 28 more on Friday morning.

The suicide bomber targeted students at the Kaaj educational institution in the Dasht e Barchi neighborhood at 7:30 a.m. local time (0300GMT). Officials said they were taking their examinations.

Khalid Zadran, a spokesman for the capital police, said the suicide bombing occurred in Kabul's 13th precinct during an entrance examination for students at the institute.

"Unfortunately, 19 people were martyred, and 28 others were injured," he said in a statement.

People were seen whaling and calling for aid in footage that was quickly shared on social media.

Last week, a car bomb exploded outside a mosque in the Afghan city of Kabul as worshippers were leaving after Friday prayers, killing at least seven people and injuring 41 others, including children.

Mulawai Mujeebur Rehman Ansari, a well-known pro-Taliban Islamic preacher, was among 18 individuals killed on Sept. 2 when a suicide bomber blew himself up during Friday prayers in western Herat city.

The terror group Daesh/ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry expressed condolences and condemned the terror attack in a statement.

"We are deeply saddened by the news that a terrorist attack targeting an education institute in Kabul, Afghanistan, today (September 30) has claimed many lives, including students, and left many wounded," the statement said.

While condemning the "heinous terrorist attack in the strongest terms," Türkiye conveyed its "condolences to their families, as well as to the brotherly people of Afghanistan, and wish speedy recovery to the injured."

In recent months, the terrorist organization has intensified its activity in many parts of the country, posing a threat to the Taliban's security, which regained power in August of last year.


*Merve Aydogan contributed to this story from Ankara

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