Over two dozen killed in Afghanistan after bomb explodes near school

More than two dozen people were killed in Afghanistan after a bomb exploded near a school in the capital city of Kabul.

Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian confirmed that 25 people were killed and 52 others were wounded in the bombing at Syed Al-Shahda school, which is located in a Shiite majority in west Kabul.

No group has immediately taken responsibility for the attack or explained why the school was targeted, but Shiite Muslims, who represent a minority in Afghanistan, are frequently targeted with violence in the country.

The bombing comes as all of Afghanistan is on high alert as U.S. forces depart the country in a process that will be completed by mid-September.

The country has braced itself for increased violence as the Taliban have vowed to ramp up attacks after the U.S. pushed its timeline for withdrawal back from May 1, a date agreed upon between the group and the Trump administration.

However, the Taliban condemned the attack on the school in Kabul, saying it was conducted by ISIS.

ISIS militants have been known to target Shiite Muslims, including past attacks in west Kabul.

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