The Afghan authorities increased the number of deaths on Monday to 85 in the Saturday attack on a girls’ school in the Afghan capital Kabul, in which more than 150 people were also injured, without first asserting any liability.
Sources from the office of the second Vice President of Afghanistan, Saruar Danish, have provided this new balance of the attack on the center in the Dasht-e Barchi neighborhood in statements to the Afghan television broadcaster Ariana, without giving further details.
The Interior Ministry said on Sunday that at least 63 people were killed and more than 150 injured in the attack, although some of them were in serious condition. It could therefore not be ruled out that the number of victims could increase.
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 on Saturday 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.”