In Afghanistan, a suicide bombing in Kabul killed at least 24 people Saturday at an education center; many of the victims were teenage students. Scores were also injured in the attack, which was claimed by the Islamic State but has not been verified. Earlier in the day, in a separate attack, nine civilians were killed after a roadside bomb tore through a passenger bus near the Afghan capital. Local police blamed the Taliban for the attack.
Escalating violence in Afghanistan has come amid ongoing peace talks between the government and Taliban officials in Qatar. Amnesty International said at least 50 people had been killed in attacks over the past week: “The world must sit up and take notice. Afghan civilians are being slaughtered on a daily basis.”
In other news from Afghanistan, security officials say they have killed al-Qaeda’s second-in-command, Abu Muhsin al-Masri, who was on the FBI’s most wanted terrorists list.