Kabul: Almost 50 children were among nearly 100 people injured Monday when the Taliban exploded a powerful car bomb in an area of Kabul housing military and government buildings, said by officials.
The rush—hour blast, which sent a plume of smoke into the air and shook buildings nearly two—kilometers (1.2 miles) away—was followed by gunmen storming a building and triggering a gun battle with special forces in the Puli Mahmood Khan neighborhood of the capital of Afghanistan.
At least one person had been killed and 93 wounded, the health ministry said.
The education ministry said in a statement, among them was 50 children and adding that most had been hurt by flying glass when the bomb was blown, they were in stable condition.
Certain social media images purportedly taken at a hospital showed injured, stunned children in school uniforms, still clutching books as they reached for treatment.
The education ministry said in its statement, “five schools had been partially smashed,” and asked, all sides involved in fighting to guarantee the safety of students, teachers, education workers and schools.
The Taliban group claimed the attack, which came just two days after the insurgents began a seventh round of talks with the US in Qatar as Washington eyes a breakthrough before Afghanistan’s September presidential election.
The militant spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said, the rebels had targeted a defense ministry building in the area, which was quickly blocked off by Afghan militaries and ambulances, with helicopter gunships seen overhead as gunfire sustained.