Belfast Telegraph

34 students killed by IS suicide bomb

By Tim Smith

Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that targeted an educational centre in Kabul, leaving 34 students dead.

IS said through its affiliated news agency that the bomber, identified as "martyrdom-seeking brother Abdul Raouf al-Khorasani", carried out Wednesday's attack.

Afghanistan's health ministry has released a casualty toll, saying 34 students were killed and 57 wounded.

The incident targeted a building where students were preparing to sit university entrance exams.

The bomber had walked into a classroom at a Shia educational centre in Dasht-e-Barchi.

Most of the victims were young men and women who had recently graduated from high school.

Authorities launched an investigation to determine how the bomber had managed to sneak into the compound in the area, which has its own guards.

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