At least 22 people have been killed, including the three attackers, and the same number have been injured in an armed attack on Monday that has lasted for five hours at Kabul University, where thousands of students were.
“The terrorist attack on the University of Kabul ended with the death of the three terrorists. Unfortunately, in this attack another 19 people were killed and 22 more were injured,” Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian said in a statement. Security forces are now working to remove unexploded explosives from the area.
Among the wounded are students, teachers, administrative employees of the university and a taxi driver, the spokesman for the Ministry of Public Health, Akmal Samsour, explained to Efe, revealing that although most of the injured “have gunshot wounds,” all find “stable”.
The attackers chose the first hour of the morning, in the shift with the highest class attendance, to enter the university, when, as the spokesman for the Ministry of Higher Education, Hanif Farzan, explained to Efe, some 15,000 were on campus. people, between students, teachers and other employees.
So far no insurgent group has claimed responsibility for the attack. The main Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said in a brief statement that the fighters from the Islamic Emirate (as the Taliban call themselves) had nothing to do with the attack on the university.
Convictions for the attack on one of the main educational institutions in Afghanistan have not been long in coming, including those of the office of the Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, or of the highest authority in the Afghan peace process, Abdullah Abdullah. “I strongly condemn today’s cowardly terrorist attack against Kabul University. Attacking educational institutions is a heinous crime. Students have the right to study in peace … We will prevail over the forces of evil,” President Abdullah said on Twitter. of the Superior Council for National Reconciliation.
Also the NATO representative for Afghanistan, Stefano Pontecorvo, has condemned what happened and recalled that “this is the second attack in 10 days against an educational center in Kabul”, after the attack against a study site belonging to the Hazara Shiite minority. that left 24 dead, mostly students, and 57 wounded. Afghanistan has also seen insurgent actions against universities in the past, such as the one that occurred in October last year in the southern province of Ghazni, in which 23 students, most of them women, were injured after a bomb exploded in a classroom.
In addition, in August 2016, in the Afghan capital, an attack on the American University of Kabul, which lasted for ten hours, caused 17 deaths and 45 injuries.
The attack comes when, since September, the start of peace talks between representatives of the Taliban and the Afghan government, which seek to end almost two decades of war in Afghanistan, has been taking place in Doha.