Mortar blast at Afghan madressah kills 9 students

KUNDUZ: A mortar bomb blast inside a religious school in northern Afghanistan killed at least nine students on Thursday, police said.

“As per the initial investigation, the explosion was caused by a mortar that had somehow been carried inside the madrassa,” said police spokesman Khalil Asir, adding many of the dead were aged under 18.

Six students were also wounded in the explosion in the Ishkamish district of Takhar province. Provincial governor spokesman Jawad Hejri confirmed the incident and the toll.

No group claimed responsibility for the blast, and attempts to reach the Taliban for comment were not immediately successful. The Taliban control or influence several villages in Ishkamish district.

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