Afghans from various parts of the country condemned in strong terms the deadly bombings on Saturday near a girls’ school in the west of Kabul, calling it a 'cowardly' and 'inhuman' act and said they will never forgive the perpetrators.
The attack that happened during the last days of Ramadhan sparked a strong reaction from Afghans who have suffered from war for the last four decades.
“Even an infidel will not do this,” said Mohammad Ali, a Kabul resident.
“I am not sure what was the logic. They are the most illogical people on earth,” said Khalilullah Shankar, a Kabul resident.
Residents of other provinces also condemned the attack and called it a cruel act.
“Children and students have been killed. It is a big tragedy,” said Zahirullah Zahir, a resident of Nangarhar.
“How long will this violence continue? It has continued for 20 years,” said Fazl Ahmad Ataee, a resident of Herat.
Religious scholars said the killing of Muslims, particularly children, is against all principles and teachings of Islam, and reiterated that the perpetrators’ place will be in hell.
“The Almighty Allah says in the Quran that anyone who kills a person deliberately, he will be in hell forever,” said Zabihullah Atiq, a member of the religious scholars’ council in Badakhshan.
“Islam is a religion of kindness and forgiveness. The attack that happened yesterday and other attacks in which civilians are killed--Islam sees it as crime and violence,” said Abdul Qadir Qanet, head of the religious council of Kabul.
Some lawmakers meanwhile called the attack inhuman and blamed the government for failing to prevent such incidents.
“The government should act responsibly to defend its citizens,” said Qayum Sajjadi, an MP from Ghazni. “Our people cannot see failures and inefficiencies of the security agencies anymore.”
Politicians said the attack showed the cruelness of the attackers who did not show mercy, even for children.
“The killers stained Kabul with blood. They martyred our innocent children,” said Fazl Hadi Muslimyar, speaker of the Senate.
“It is evident that terrorists always do terror,” said Anarkali Hunaryar, a senator.
“I call on the international community to please have mercy on Afghans' situation and make efforts,” said Fawzia Sadat Samkanai, a Senator.
The car bomb attack that happened near Sayed-ul-Shuhada school in the west of Kabul on Saturday was followed by two IED blasts and killed 63 people while wounding over 150 others.