At least eight killed in blast near Kabul University

KABUL (AFP) – At least eight people were killed and dozens more wounded yesterday when a bomb detonated near a major university in Kabul while students were waiting to take an exam, officials said.

The blast comes amid an unending wave of violence across Afghanistan, where civilians are being killed every day in the country’s gruelling conflict, now in its 18th year.

The Taleban denied any involvement in yesterday’s blast, which took place near the southern entrance to Kabul University, an official with the interior ministry’s media office told AFP.

Health ministry spokesman Wahidullah Mayar said the death toll had reached eight, with another 33 injured.

“Wounded patients have been receiving the required medical and surgical treatment,” he said on Twitter.

The heavily militarised Afghan capital remains one of the highest-profile targets for both the Taleban and the so-called Islamic State (IS) group, with both regularly launching devastating attacks that often kill and maim civilians.

Interior Ministry official Bahar Mehr said five people had been killed including a traffic police officer.

“The wounded were law students gathered for (an examination). We do not know how many students had gathered there,” he said.

The blast had been caused by a sticky bomb, he said, a common threat in Kabul where criminals and insurgents often slap explosives under vehicles.

Afghans security personnel investigate at the site of a bomb explosion in front of Kabul University in Kabul. – AFP