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Mass Bombing at Afghanistan High School Proves School Violence is a Global Concern

In the attack that many regard as initiating the modern active school shooter/bomber era, two male students planted bombs at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999 intending to blow up their school.


Then yesterday May 8, 2021, powerful bombs at the Sayed Ul-Shuhada High School in Kabul exploded, killing at least 58 people, many of whom were teenaged girls. Over 150 other people have been left injured. The death toll is expected to rise as searchers continue sifting through the rubble.


(c) New York Times


The high school hosts classes for boys in the mornings and for girls in the afternoon. The explosions occurred at 4:00 pm, as students were leaving class for the day.


Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has blamed the bombings on the Taliban. A Taliban spokesperson, however, has denied responsibility stating that it would never target Afgan citizens, and condemned the attack.



Sources:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/08/world/asia/bombing-school-afghanistan.html


https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/afghan-school-blast-toll-rises-58-families-bury-victims-2021-05-09/