The attack on the Al Shuhada girls’ school in Kabul last week left at least 90 dead and 240 wounded, most of them students, the families of the victims and survivors reported this Sunday during a press conference in the Afghan capital.
In their appearance, the families asked the government for help to pay for the survivors’ medical expenses and requested the creation of a special security plan to protect schools in western Kabul, according to statements collected by Tolo News.
The area the school is located in is one of the most Shiite and dangerous areas in the city, which has led the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) to ask the government for better protection.
For example, he argued that the government “has a humanitarian law obligation to protect populations threatened by war crimes, crimes against humanity, ethnic cleansing or genocide” before recalling that 40 students were involved in a similar attack in the October 2020 died.
“The Afghan government should immediately announce a human rights-based protection plan for Dasht-e Barchi and West Kabul. This should include plans for collective redress,” the organization said.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani condemned the attack and blamed the Taliban while setting Tuesday as the day of national mourning to commemorate the victims, Afghan television station Tolo TV reported.
With that in mind, he stated that “ignorant” groups stand behind these attacks, stressing that “the Taliban must be aware that they will not achieve their evil ends through war and that if they do not put war aside, they will be more hated lay.” by the population and is oppressed by the Afghan armed forces. “
Taliban spokesman Zabihulá Mujahid condemned the attack with the words: “It is the action of dark circles operating on behalf of the Islamic State and under the wings and under the guise of the secret services of the Kabul government.”