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Innocent lives lost in Kabul suicide bombing

ANI | Updated: Aug 16, 2018 23:33 IST

Kabul [Afghanistan], August 16 (ANI): Afghanistan on Wednesday witnessed another suicide bombing killing 47 students and injuring 67 others, who were preparing for university entrance examination at an educational centre in Dasht-e-Barchi in the west of the Afghan capital Kabul.
The blast occurred at a time when classes were being conducted.
The Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Etilaatroz Zaki Daryabi took to Twitter to reveal a heartbreaking story of the twins killed in the attack.
He wrote, "They borne, cried, laughed, grown, and lives together. They studied school and they came to Kabul together. The twins dreamed and died together. RIP Farzana and Atta."
Another user took to the micro-blogging website on Wednesday to inquire about his 17-year-old cousin, who went to the same institute and was nowhere to be found.
He later posted a picture of a blood-stained watch and wrote, "This is all left of her, a watch, with her white blood spattered over it. The watch has survived, perhaps, to remind us of how deeply hapless & debilitated we R seeing our little loves grimly perish before our eyes for they went to receive an education."
The United States America (USA) and United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) strongly condemned the cowardly attack which targeted innocent children.
TOLO News quoted UNICEF executive director, Henrietta Fore as saying, "This violence must stop. UNICEF continues to call on all parties to the conflict to adhere to and respect humanitarian principles, and ensure the safety and protection of all children."
She added that children are not, and must never be the target of violence.
The US State Department also condemned the attack and extended the support to the people of Afghanistan and the government.
"The US continues to stand with the government and people of Afghanistan and will continue to support their efforts to achieve peace and security in their country," said US State Department's spokesperson.
A group of young men held a candle-light vigil outside the academy on the night of the attack to commemorate the victims.
The Taliban has not yet taken responsibility for the blast.
This attack came amid a week of violence across the country killing more than 100 people and wounding 133 as hundreds of Taliban militants launched an attack in Afghanistan's city of Ghazni since August 10. The clashes are still going on.
Afghanistan has been in a political turmoil state for years. Taliban insurgency in the state has caused the country to become unstable. (ANI)

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