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Double bombing outside girls' school in eastern Afghanistan

Afghan schools have been targeted by militants [AFP]

Date of publication: 11 September, 2018

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Twin bombings in Afghanistan have targeted a school in the east, in the last violence to hit the country.

A double bombing outside a girls' school in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday killed one boy and injured others, officials and witnesses said, in the latest violence to hit the country.

The first explosion happened in front of Malika Omaira girls' school in Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar province, at around 8:30am (4am), provincial governor spokesman Ataullah Khogyani told AFP.

A second bomb went off as students from a neighbouring boys' school and locals gathered at the scene, Khogyani added.

Witnesses told AFP the casualties were students from the boys' school.

"We went with other boys to see what had happened after we heard an explosion near the girls' school," 12-year-old Elyas told the agency from his hospital bed.

"Another explosion hit us and I was wounded (in the leg).

"I saw girls crying, rushing out of school. They were all in a panic."

The twin blasts took place an hour after a bomb exploded outside Biba Hawa girls' school in nearby Behsood district, Jalalabad education department spokesman Asif Shinwari said.

There were no students in the class and no casualties, he added.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the latest attacks in Nangarhar, but the Taliban and the Islamic State group are active in the region.

Both Islamist groups have long opposed female education with a huge number of girls' schools across Afghanistan closed.

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