Grief and despair in aftermath of Kabul girls’ school bombings

“They were our family, our friends. More importantly, they were our blood, our people,” one woman told NBC News.

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“They were our family, our friends. More importantly, they were our blood, our people.' After 58 people, many of whom were schoolgirls going home after finishing their studies, were killed Saturday in Kabul, the anger was unmistakable.

“They were our family, our friends. More importantly, they were our blood, our people,” one woman told NBC News.

and Pakistan."We told them so many times that something would happen, but we never got help from the authorities,” said Hussain Ali, 25, who lost his 16-year-old cousin Tayeba in the attack. Her sister Kobra, 17, was also badly injured, he said.He added that people had warned authorities about a potential attack but they had not sent proper protection. Local officials were not immediately available for comment.

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Many feared further attacks as U.S. and NATO troops continue to leave the country with a mission tocomplete the drawdown by Sept. 11. The withdrawal has already seen a surge in fighting between Afghan security forces and Taliban insurgents as both sides try to retain control over strategic centers.

Others like Amir, 34, decried the nature of the explosions which he said were designed to cause “maximum carnage.”After a car bomb was detonated in front of the Sayed Al-Shuhada school, two more bombs exploded when the students ran out in panic.Download the

NBC News appfor breaking news and politics“They know people will rush to the scene of each bomb, they just wanted to create crowd after crowd,” Amir said.“There was a thick black smoke. You couldn’t look in any direction without seeing some body part,” added Zolaikha, a mother whose home is only a few feet from the school.

Both said they were too frightened of reprisals to give their last names.In the chaos after the attack, Abdul Husseini said people started to smash the windows of the ambulance which was transporting his daughter Zahra, 12, to hospital.“Both of my daughter’s legs have been badly injured and burned, but no one outside seemed to care,” he said.

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They were just girls wanting an education. They were someone’s daughters and sisters. They weren’t doing anyone any harm. This is heartbreaking. Every day students killed by terrorists in Dashte-Barchi Kabul of Afghanistan. Wakeup world and save students by don't support of terrorism. HazaraLivesMatter barchischoolattack

A drop in the ocean compared to the 241 THOUSAND civilian non combatants, mainly women children & the aged, who were slaughtered during 20 years of the Afghanistan War. That’s not a patch on the 5 MILLION Vietnamese civilian non combatants obliterated by US high altitude bombing What type of cowards attacks little school kids. Sick.

Who tf can do such a thing!? Sorry for your loss 😪 Big strong men with guns, afraid of girls reading their books. So the whole invasion by US was a big mistake. They should just have let Russia take over the country, it's at their backyard Wow Islam is so peaceful irma5913 Not every country is interested in what the the United States is selling.

Correct your headline. At least 85 have now passed away… 😔 This makes my blood boil with anger, my heart deep with sorrow. I hate them so much, but I know they are losing, because this type of horror is going to finish them. His own are turning against them right know.

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At least 30 killed, 52 wounded in blast near Kabul girls' schoolAt least 30 people have been killed and 52 others wounded in an explosion near a high school for girls in the Afghan capital, Kabul, Afghan officials said Saturday. 💣👽 Taliban mercenary group What democracy and freedom do Americans bring to Afghanistan?

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Bombing near Afghan school in Kabul kills at least 20A bombing outside of a high school in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Saturday killed at least 20 people and injured more than 40, including multiple students, the New York Times reports.Why it matters: It is at least the second bombing to strike students in Afghanistan in a little over a week. Violence in Afghanistan has escalated since President Biden announced that the U.S. would begin withdrawing troops in May and would complete a full withdrawal by Sept. 11, 2021. Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with Axios Markets. Subscribe for freeContext: At least 44 civilians and 139 government forces were killed in Afghanistan in the past week according to data gathered by the Times.A vehicle bombing outside of a public building last week in Logar Province killed at least 25 people and injured more than 60, including multiple high school students.The big picture: No group has claimed responsibility for Saturday's attack, which occurred as the high school was hosting female students for classes. The Taliban condemned the attack on Twitter.Go deeper: Hillary Clinton, Condi Rice concerned about Afghan troop withdrawalLike this article? Get more from Axios and subscribe to Axios Markets for free.