According to the interior ministry, the terror attack took place on Saturday afternoon at the private education center in Kabul, where hundreds of students from the Shia community usually gather.
Fifty seven others were also wounded in the attack who were rushed to the hospital. Authorities fear the death toll will rise.
According to the interior ministry’s statement to media, the suicide bomber planned to enter the education center but was identified by the guards and denied entry, when he detonated.
This is the latest terror attack to rock the conflict-ridden nation, as one-after-the other attacks on the nation’s Shia Muslims keep coming from the extremist Sunni community.
Most of those who were killed and injured were students awaiting in the education center. One eyewitness said, “I was standing about 100m from the center when a big blast knocked me down.”
The Islamic State shortly after the attack took responsibility and the incident comes at a time when both the Taliban and the Afghan government are trying to pacify the decades-long battle on terrorism.
Initially the Islamic State denied involvement.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said in a statement: “the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan strongly condemns these barbaric attacks,” and that such incidents “are against Islamic and human values.”
This Kabul suicide bombing is one of the many attacks by the Taliban which has increased in recent times, remarkable because the Afghan government and the Taliban held peace talks this September at the Qatari capital Doha, We The World reported earlier.
Earlier this week 11 children and their prayer leader died in an airstrike by the Taliban in a religious school in the northern Afghan province of Takhar, local officials reported. The government, however, implied the Taliban were killed in the attack.
In May, a gunman opened a firing rampage at a hospital maternity ward instantly killing several mothers, kids, and babies in a swift go. The gunmen were killed by the security forces after hours of fighting.
The recent Kabul suicide bombing also comes a few hours after a bomb detonated on the roadside, tearing through a bus and killing nine civilians.
Also on Friday, at least 20 Afghan National Army soldiers were killed in an attack by the Taliban at Farah city army base, TOLO News reported. Twelve Taliban insurgents were also killed in the clash.
Rights groups have accused the current government of failing to protect the civilians from the merciless attacked showered mainly by the Taliban, who claims the Shia practice of Islam is false.