KABUL, Afghanistan – More than 2,000 religious scholars from various part of the country gathered at the Loya Jirga hall in Kabul Sunday, dubbing the ongoing war “illegitimate” and urged the warring sides to avoid killing more Afghans.
While supporting the ongoing peace talks between the Afghan representatives and the Taliban delegations in Doha, religious scholars said further violence will affect trust in the peace process; blaming the group for intensifying war throughout the country.
“Anyone who does something that leads to the shedding of Muslim blood, he will go to hell,” said Abdul Salam Abid, a religious scholar, as TOLOnews quoted.
“Discuss your disputes at the negotiation table,” said Habibullah Husam, another scholar.
The remarks came a day after an explosion rocked areas surrounding Kowsar education center in Pul-e-Khoshk area of Dasht-e-Barchi in West Kabul Saturday evening, killing at least 24 and wounded further 46 people.
According to the Interior Ministry, a suicide bomber was identified by security guards of the education center, leading the suspect to a premature detonation.
Taliban denied involvement in the attack, while Daesh claimed responsibility. But critique suggests Daesh claim is fake and Taliban are main culprit of the attack.
The Kowsar education center is located at a narrow street in Pul-e-Khoshk area. The suicide bomber who was trying to enter the center, was reportedly recognized, failing him to target crowd of young students.
According to eyewitnesses, dozens of pupils between 16 to 25 years old were in their classes when the bomb went off. Videos on social media showed many teenagers sustained injuries in the explosion.