Three explosions rocked a high school in western Kabul on Tuesday, killing several people, according to Afghan security and health officials.
Many residents in the neighbourhood belong to the Shia Hazara community, an ethnic and religious minority frequently targeted by Sunni militant groups, including Islamic State.
“Three blasts have taken place … in a high school, there are some casualties to our Shia people,” said Khalid Zadran, the spokesman for Kabul’s commander.
The head of a hospital nursing department, who declined to be named, said at least four people had been killed and 14 wounded in the blasts.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which followed a lull in violence over the cold winter months and after foreign forces withdrew last year.
The Taliban say they have secured the country since taking power in August, but international officials and analysts say that the risk of a resurgence in militancy remains and the Islamic State militant group has claimed several major attacks.
Former Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan – ousted earlier this month after a dramatic no-trust vote – has since been under the scanner over allegations of financial impropriety, including charges by the ruling Pakistan Muslim League (N) of the ‘theft’ of over 310 million Pak rupees in domestic and foreign fundsImran Khan’som his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party. New PM Shehbaz Sharif’s PML(N) has asserted Imran Khan will face a sentence.
Sri Lanka has requested the International Monetary Fund for rapid financial assistance and the global lender could consider it after initial reluctance, an aide to the country’s finance minister said on Tuesday. Protests have erupted in the island nation as it battles a devastating financial crisis brought by the effects of COVID-19, mismanaged government finances and rising prices of fuel that have sapped foreign reserves.
Seven more people have died of Covid-19 in Shanghai, the second consecutive day the city reported deaths, as China’s financial hub continues to battle an outbreak that has put its residents under a prolonged lockdown, sparked resentment over supply problems and affected business. The elderly patients were aged between 60 years and 101 years, and all of them suffered from underlying medical conditions. The Covid-19 death toll in China now stands at 4,648.
Sri Lanka’s state-run Ceylon Petroleum Corporation has raised the price of 92 octane petrol to LKR 338 per litre – an increase of LKR 84. CPC’s new price now matches the per litre price of Lankan Indian oil company (LIOC). This is CPC’s second price hike in a month, while LIOC’s yesterday was the fifth in six months. The fuel price hikes come as public agitation against president Gotabaya Rajapaksa entered its eleventh day Tuesday.
As protesters continue to demonstrate anger amid dire economic challenges, Sri Lanka’s parliament is expected to reconvene on Tuesday amid speculation over a no trust vote. On Monday, president Gotabaya Rajapaksa admitted that patience among the citizens was wearing thin, and that it was justified. On Monday, a new cabinet was sworn in ahead of key talks with the IMF. Critics have said the government dragged its feet in approaching the IMF.