Afghanistan: At least 92 killed in 2 terror attacks
A Taliban attack on an Afghan military outpost killed up to 44 policemen and soldiers on Wednesday, while a separate suicide blast in Kabul killed at least 48 Shiite students in a private education center.
Local officials in the northern province of Baghlan said at least 9 policemen and 35 soldiers were killed in the attack early on Wednesday.
Later in the day, weeks of relative calm in Kabul were shattered by a suicide attack on an educational center in a mainly Shiite area in the west of the Afghan capital that killed at least 48 people and wounded 67.
The bombing, blamed on ISIS, was the latest terror attack on Afghanistan’s Shiite community, which has increasingly been targeted by Sunni terrorists who consider Shiites to be heretics.
It also showed how terrorists are still able to stage large-scale attacks, even in the heart of Kabul, and underscored the struggles of the Afghan forces to provide security and stability on their own.
It was not immediately clear how the bomber managed to sneak into the building, used by the Shiite community as an education center, in the Dasht-i Barcha area of Kabul.
Since Friday, Afghan forces backed by American airstrikes fought to oust terrorists who had overrun the strategically important city of Ghazni south of Kabul.
“Unconfirmed estimates range from 110 to 150 civilian casualties” in Ghazni, Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan Tadamichi Yamamoto said in a statement.