Families of the victims of the deadly blasts on May 8 near Sayed al-Shuhada school in the west of Kabul that killed over 80 people--all students--said the incident requires an extensive probe by the United Nations and called for a proper security plan for students in that part of the city. Students have been attacked in that area at least three times recently.
The families appeared at a press conference in Kabul on Sunday where they called for proper attention to be paid to those affected by the incident.
The families put the casualties at 90 killed and over 240 wounded, all students.
“We call on the international community, the UN, human rights defender organizations to probe the cruel attack and find the perpetrators through a probe team so that the Hazara community, especially girls, are not deprived of their right to live and be educated,” said Masooma, a member of an affected family.
Other members of the victims’ families said the government should address the plight of those wounded in the attack.
“We don’t have any demand from the government except to ensure our security,” said Rajab Ali, father of a victim.
“The government has made many promises, but it has not practiced them,” said Mina Nazari, sister of a victim.
Meanwhile, the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission said the government should not delay the probe into the attack on Sayed al-Shuhada school.
“There is a need for a practical step. If not, or if they cannot, they can seek help from the international court so that it can assess cases of war crimes,” said Zabihullah Farhang, head of the media office of the commission.
Following the attack, President Ghani directed his two vice presidents to probe the incident and make a security plan to boost the security in the west of Kabul.
The Second Vice President Sarwar Danesh’s office said that the security plan will be finalized within the next few days.
“A technical study was done about the population in the west of Kabul and the existing capacity in our security agencies in that area. An inclusive plan will be made based on these discussions and studies, and will be submitted to the Presidential Palace in the coming days,” said Hadi Mohammad Hedayat, an adviser to the second vice president.
The attack happened on May 8. It was started with a car bomb attack near the school and was followed by two bomb blasts in that area.
Government figures show that at least 80 people were killed and 150 more were wounded in the attack.