President Ashraf Ghani has condemned the attack on a Kabul education center and slammed it as a “terrorist attack”.
A suicide bomber detonated his explosives on Wednesday in a classroom full of students at the Mawoud Academy in Dasht-e-Barchi in Kabul at about 4.10pm.
In a statement issued by the Presidential Palace, Ghani said: “The criminal terrorists today attacked an education center in Kabul’s PD18 as a result of which several students were killed and wounded.”
“The brutal terrorists by targeting educational and cultural centers show that they are totally against the principles of Islam and the prophet,” Ghani was quoted as saying.
The statement went on to say that “President Ghani has strongly condemned this terrorist attack and directed the relevant authorities to investigate the nature of the tragic attack and provide emergency aid to the bereaved families and those wounded.”
Ghani’s statement was issued shortly after the deadly attack which some eyewitnesses claim killed as many as 60 students.
However the Ministry of Public Health has confirmed at least 25 people were killed and 35 wounded in the attack.
Disturbing photographs taken at the scene of the explosion, shortly after the incident, were testimony to the carnage caused by the attack.
Substantial damage was also caused to the academy.
Soon after the explosion, desperate families converged at the scene hoping for news of their loved ones – most of whom were aged around 18.
The students had been attending special classes in preparation for the national Kankor – or university entrance – exam.
Mawoud Academy is a private education facility that provides tertiary education programs to students, both male and female, wanting to go to university. The academy is known for providing a high standard of education.
Parents who had gathered outside the academy voiced their anger over the poor security at the academy. One parent said the academy “was under threat in the past”.
One father from Afshar, whose son attended the academy until a month ago, said he took his son out due to security concerns.
“I removed by son last month because I was worried that the security at the academy was not strong enough – especially after the recent attack on Tabyan Cultural Center, in the same area.”
The Taliban has denied responsibility for the attack.