BBC, May 9, 2021
Kabul attack: Blasts near school leave more than 50 dead
Blasts close to a secondary school in the Afghan capital Kabul have left at least 50 people dead and more than 100 injured, officials say
The explosions took place as students were leaving the building on Saturday, with pictures on social media showing abandoned school bags in the street.
Most of the victims were girls, a ministry of education spokeswoman said.
No-one has admitted carrying out the attack in Dasht-e-Barchi - an area often hit by Sunni Islamist militants.
Afghan government officials blamed Taliban militants for the attack, but the group denied any involvement.
The explosions are believed to have been caused by a car bomb and two improvised explosive devices planted in the area.
The neighbourhood in western Kabul is home to many from the Hazara minority community, who are of Mongolian and Central Asian descent and are mainly Shia Muslims.
Almost exactly a year ago, a maternity unit at the local hospital was attacked, leaving 24 women, children and babies dead.
The exact target for Saturday's bloodshed is unclear.
The blasts come against a backdrop of rising violence as the US looks to withdraw all its troops from Afghanistan by 11 September.
Reports from Kabul say the city was busy with shoppers ahead of this year's celebrations for Eid al-Fitr next week.
Students were also streaming from the school. Najiba Arian, ministry of education spokeswoman, told Reuters news agency the government-run school was open to boys and girls.