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Dozens of Afghan students marched through the streets of the city of Herat on Sunday to protest against Friday's killing of 35 of their classmates in a suicide bombing at an educational center in the capital, Kabul.
Although the demonstration was intended to reach the University of Herat, the Taliban prevented the demonstrators from passing and ordered the dispersal of the protest, reports the Afghan channel Tolo News.
The students, among them many women, demanded in their slogans the right to education and safety in the classrooms. They also took the opportunity to protest against the discrimination and violence suffered by the Hazara minority in the country, particularly affected by the attack on the Kaj school.
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"This genocide must be stopped," lamented the participants in the demonstration, in comments reported by Khaama Press.
So far no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the blast fits the 'modus operandi' of the Islamic State jihadist organization, which has the west of Kabul, where the center was located, and its Shiite and Hazara population as regular targets for its attacks in the Afghan capital.
The NGO Amnesty International has characterized the attack as a suicide bombing and called on the Taliban authorities to carry out an "independent investigation" into what happened.
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