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A bomb has exploded near a school, injuring 21 in western Afghanistan News

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – A bomb exploded near a school in western Afghanistan on Monday, injuring 21 people, many of them young students, a provincial official said.

Ambulances arrived at the scene and took the wounded to nearby hospitals, said Abdul Jabar Shahik, head of the health department in Farah province. At least 10 of the wounded were schoolchildren aged 7 to 13, he said. He added that the three wounded are in critical condition.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, although Taliban insurgents are present in the region.

The blast came three days after a powerful suicide truck struck a guest house in eastern Afghanistan, killing 21 people and injuring 90. Most of the victims of the attack in Camp province were high school students. No one claimed responsibility for the blast late Friday night in Pula-Alam, the capital of the camp.

The attack comes two days after the remaining 2,500 to 3,500 U.S. troops officially began leaving the country. They will be released no later than September 11. The withdrawal comes amid a resurgence of the Taliban, which controls or controls half of Afghanistan.

A senior U.S. military officer said Sunday that Afghan government forces are facing an uncertain future and possibly some “bad possible outcomes” against Taliban insurgents as the withdrawal accelerates in the coming weeks.

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