The blasts took place at the Abdul Rahim Shahid High School for Boys and the nearby Mumtaz Education Center, both located in the Dasht-e-Barchi area, a predominantly Shi’ite Muslim neighborhood in western Kabul.
Humanitarian community condemns senseless attack on schools in #Kabul today. Those who committed crimes must be brought to justice. we join @unafghanistan@OCHAAfg With sympathy to the families of the victims and wishes for a speedy recovery for the injured. https://t.co/6OxY5m4mwQ
– Dr. Ramiz Alakbarov (@RamizAlakbarov) April 19, 2022
The attack at Abdul Rahim Shahid High School reportedly occurred as students were leaving their morning classes, according to the UN in Afghanistan. Explosions at the Mumtaz Educational Center followed soon after.
Violence against schools is unacceptable
Ramiz Alakbarov, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the country, issued a statement strongly condemning the “horrific” attacks.
“Violence in or around schools is never acceptable. For the people of Afghanistan, already besieged by forty years of war, schools must be safe havens and places where children can learn and thrive.” he said.
Mr. Alakbarov stressed that attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure, including schools, are strictly prohibited under international humanitarian law.
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The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) took to twitter to unequivocally condemn the “heinous” attacks.
“Those responsible for the crime against schools and children must be brought to justice,” said UNAMA’s tweet, noting that the head of the Mission, Deborah Lyons, has extended her deepest condolences to the families of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery for the injured.
Filippo Grandi, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, also joined Ms. Lyons in expressing condolences to the bereaved families.
“Afghanistan’s ethnic, religious and linguistic diversity is in grave danger. It should be respected and kept safe.” mr grand wrote on his official Twitter account.
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Y Secretary General Antonio Guterres He has also denounced the attacks.
“Attacks against civilians and civilian infrastructure, including schools, are strictly prohibited under international humanitarian law.” UN spokesman Stéphane Dujarric told reporters in New York.
Expressing her condemnation, the director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Catherine Russell, pointed out that the number of victims is expected to increase.
It also called in the strongest terms on all parties to protect children at all times.
“Attacks on children and educational facilities constitute serious violations of rights”, Mrs. Russell said. “Schools are more than places of learning, they must be havens of protection and peace.”