| 24 May 2024, Friday |

Bus blast kills, injures 25 as Afghanistan reels from school tragedy

As many as 25 people are reportedly either killed or injured after the bus carrying them in southern Afghanistan hits a roadside bomb, not long after several blasts kill scores of school children in the capital Kabul.

The explosion occurred in Zabul Province’s Shahr-e Safa District, Russia’s Sputnik news agency reported on Monday, citing a local source.

Another source told the agency that the explosion had killed 16 and wounded several others of the passengers.

No earlier than on Saturday afternoon, at least three explosions took place near Sayed-ul-Shuhada High School in the west of Kabul.

As many as 63 people, all students, were killed and 150 more wounded, Afghanistan’s TOLO News reported.

The incident is yet to be claimed by any group.

President Ashraf Ghani called a national day of mourning on Sunday.

The incidents come in the wake of a decision announced by the United States for the withdrawal of its forces from the country that has endured two decades of Washington-led military intervention.

Some observers call the circumstances surrounding the terrorist attacks and the fact that no group has yet claimed them suspicious.

They cite the precedence of Washington’s never fully acting on its pledges of withdrawal from the regional countries, saying the incidents could be used as pretexts to prolong the presence of America and its allies.