At least 18 people have been killed and 57 wounded in a suicide bomb attack outside an educational centre in the capital of Afghanistan, Kabul.
Officials said the bomber had tried to enter the centre on Saturday, but blew himself up when approached by security guards.
The DPA news agency reported that no group had yet claimed responsibility, and that the Taliban had denied any involvement.
From Islamabad, Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry extended sympathies and condolences to those affected, saying the country ‘condemns in the strongest possible terms the inhuman terrorist attack outside an educational center in Dasht-e-Barchi area of Kabul city today’.
The explosion occurred in a mainly Shiite Hazara-dominated area of Kabul. DPA reported that Islamic State militants have repeatedly targeted educational centres, where the majority of the students were members of the Shiite Hazara minority.