Afghanistan suicide bombing death toll hits 34
16 August 2018 – The Afghan authorities have revised the death toll from the previous day’s horrific suicide bombing in a Shite area of Kabul to 34 killed, not 48.
Health Ministry spokesman Wahid Majroh said today that 56 people were also wounded in the bombing in the neighborhood of Dasht-e-Barchi when the bomber walked into a building where high school graduates were preparing for university entrance exams and blew himself up.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but officials blame the Islamic State group, which has targeted Shiites in the past.
The city’s hospitals were overwhelmed in the immediate aftermath of yesterday’s bombing as officials collected data on the casualties, leading to the confusion and the wrong toll.
Funeral prayers were to be held later today for the dead.