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Afghan women students rally in Herat after bloody classroom attack

Afghan female students chant slogans during a protest as they march from the University of Herat toward to the provincial governor office in Herat on October 2,2022, two days after a suicide bomb attack in a learning centre in Kabul. (Photo by AFP)

Afghan women students have rallied in the western city of Herat to protest against a suicide bombing at a Kabul classroom that killed dozens of students.

The demonstrators of the Herat University swarmed the streets chanting “stop genocide" and "Education is our right” as they marched from the University of Herat to the provincial provincial governor office.

The group was later stopped and dispersed by the Taliban from reaching the governor office.

A similar protest was also seen in Kabul on Saturday, when young women, including the ones who had survived the explosion, came out on the streets.

The bombing took place at the Kaaj education center in Kabul's Dasht-e-Barchi neighborhood on Friday. The terrorist attack was carried out in the women's section of a gender-segregated study hall where hundreds of students were taking a mock entrance exam for university admission.

According to the UN, the attack killed at least 35 and wounded 82 people, the numbers of which are being said to be inconsistent. Most of the casualties were of young women belonging to the historically oppressed Shia Hazara community.

So far, no group has claimed responsibility of the attack, however the Daesh terrorist group has previously staging attacks in predominantly Shia areas targeting girls, schools and mosques.

Mostly belonging from Afghanistan, the Hazaras have long been subjects of persecution by both Afghanistan and Pakistan.

This has made the group as a prime security challenge for the Taliban government of Afghanistan.

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