Death toll rises to 58 in Kabul girls' school bombing

TEHRAN, May 09 (MNA) – The death toll from an explosion outside a school in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul has risen to 58, Afghan officials said on Sunday, with doctors struggling to provide medical care to at least 150 injured.

The incident started with a car bomb explosion outside Sayed -ul- Shuhada High School in the west of Kabul on Saturday afternoon and was followed by two rocket attacks as sources explained, TOLO News reported.

The Ministry of Interior says three blasts happened near the school: a car bomb attack and two IED blasts that were planted in the area.

The death toll in the blasts might increase, Tariq Arian, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said on Sunday. 

No group or individual have so far claimed responsibility for the blasts while the Taliban denied involvement in the attack by condemning it in a tweet.

The incident happened when students were leaving the school.

"A car bomb blast happened first, and then two more explosions occurred near the girl's school in Kabul," said Ibrahim, a schoolteacher.

He added that the majority of victims are girls.

The attack was condemned by the Afghan government and some diplomatic missions in Kabul as an act of terror.

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