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Explosion outside school in Kabul is deadliest in Afghanistan so far in 2021

An explosion caused by a car bomb and two other bombs outside a school in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday (8 May 2021) has left at least 85 people dead and around 147 injured. Most of the casualties were female students leaving the Sayed ul-Shuhada school, confirmed Afghan officials

According to AOAV data, this event is now the deadliest attack in Afghanistan this year, 2021, as fatality numbers now stand at over triple the number recorded in the last deadliest explosion on April 30, which killed 27 civilians in Logar province, again mostly young students. 

In the first ten days of this month, May 2021, 395 people have been killed or injured by explosive weapons, 85% (337) of which being civilians, with a majority occurring in the blast in Kabul on Saturday 8 May. During this period (1 – 10 May 2021) IEDs caused 344 of the total casualties (87%) and 16 (80%) of recorded child casualties. 

Explosive violence in the country has seen a sharp increase this month and since the announcement of the September 11 withdrawal date for US troops. By comparison, in the first ten days of last May, 2020, explosive violence had caused 99 casualties, 46 of whom were civilians. 

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack on Saturday 8 May in Kabul and the Taliban has denied responsibility. Afghan president Ashraf Ghani has blamed Taliban insurgents.