The Afghan authorities have revised the death toll from an August 15 suicide bombing in a Shi’ite area of Kabul to 34 killed from their earlier reports of 48 dead.
Health Ministry spokesman Wahid Majroh said on August 16 that 56 people were wounded in the bombing in the neighborhood of Dasht-e Barchi when the bomber walked into a building where high-school graduates were preparing for university entrance exams and blew himself up.
Authorities a day earlier had said 67 people were wounded.
Most of the victims were young men and women studying together at a private education center in the western Kabul neighborhood.
One witness recounted seeing parts of human bodies all over student desks and benches in the classroom, the scene of the attack.
The Taliban denied involvement in the attack, which came after several weeks of relative calm in Kabul.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast, but Jawad Ghawari, a member of the city’s Shi’ite clerical council, blamed the extremist Islamic State group, which has carried similar attacks in the past, hitting Shi’ite mosques, schools, and cultural centers.
Ghawari said there were at least 13 attacks on the Shi’ite community in the past two years in Kabul alone.
With reporting by AP, Reuters, dpa, RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan
Source: Radio Free Europe