Afghan girls’ school bombing kills at least 68, raises fear of more violence as US withdraws

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    Explosions outside a school in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul have killed at least 68 people and wounded at least 165 others, many of them teenage girls. A government spokesman said a car bomb detonated in the afternoon of May 8, 2021, as schoolgirls were leaving class and that two more bombs exploded afterwards as more pupils rushed out. The attack took place in a Hazara neighbourhood of Kabul called Dasht-e-Barchi. A predominantly Shia Muslim ethinic minority group, the Hazaras have long been persecuted by Sunni hardliners such as Islamic State militants and the Taliban. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has blamed Taliban insurgents, but a spokesman for the Taliban denied involvement.

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    In This Story: Afghanistan

    Afghanistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a landlocked country at the crossroads of Central and South Asia. Afghanistan is bordered by Pakistan to the east and south; Iran to the west; Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan to the north; and China to the northeast.

    Occupying 652,000 square kilometers (252,000 sq mi), it is a mountainous country with plains in the north and southwest. Kabul is the capital and largest city. The population is around 32 million, composed mostly of ethnic Pashtuns, Tajiks, Hazaras, and Uzbeks.

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