Afghan women protest Hazara ‘genocide’ after Kabul bombing

Kabul: Dozens of women from Afghanistan’s minority Hazara community have been protesting in Kabul after a suicide bombing killed 53 women on Sept 30 — mostly young girls from the ethnic group.

The blast took place in the west of Kabul at Dasht-e-Barchi when students were taking a practice college exam.

Dressed in black hijabs and headscarves, angry protesters carried banners that read: “Stop killing Hazaras”, media reports said.

Since the hardline Taliban returned to power last August, women’s protests have become risky, with numerous demonstrators detained and rallies have broken up by Taliban forces firing shots in the air.

The Taliban regard the Hazara community as heathens, and rights groups often accused the Islamists of targeting them during their 20-year insurgency against the former US-backed government.

Since returning to the office the Taliban have pledged to protect minorities and clamp down on security threats.

In May last year, before the Taliban’s return to power, at least 85 people — mainly girls — were killed and about 300 were wounded when three bombs exploded near their school in Dasht-e-Barchi.

No group again claimed responsibility, but a year earlier IS claimed a suicide attack on an educational center in the same area that killed 24.

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