Photo: Al-Arabiya

At least 19 people were killed and many injured in a suicide attack at an educational center in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. The information was given in a report by BBC Online citing Kabul Police.

According to the BBC, the blast occurred at a job training center in Dasht-e-Barchi area, west of the city.

Center officials said the students were sitting for university exams.

Many of the people living in the area are Hazara minority. They have been the target of attacks in the past as well.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the blast.

But Shia Hazaras have long faced persecution from both the Taliban and its rival Islamic State group (IS).

On Friday, a spokesman for the Taliban’s interior ministry said security forces were at the scene and condemned the attack.

Abdul Nafi Thakur said the attack on civilian targets “proves the enemy’s inhuman cruelty and lack of moral standards.”

The Taliban came to power in Afghanistan last August and say they are trying to restore stability.

However, IS attacks are still continuing.

The Dasht-e-Barchi area has been the scene of several attacks, some of which have targeted schools and hospitals.

At least 85 people were killed and hundreds injured in a bombing at a girls’ school in Dasht-e-Barchi last year, before the Taliban seized power.

(30 September)