Gunmen kill at least 10 students in attack on Kabul university

Nov 2, 2020 by

Multiple attackers storm the campus in the Afghan capital, forcing students to flee the campus, officials say.

Afghan policemen keep watch near the site of an attack in Kabul [Omar Sobhani/Reuters]

Gunmen have attacked Kabul University’s campus, killing at least 10 students and trading fire with security forces, a senior Afghan government source and witnesses said.

The attackers were targeting students and fired on them as they fled the Afghan capital, a witness said on Monday.

“They were shooting at every student they saw,” Fathullah Moradi told Reuters news agency. He said he managed to escape through one of the university’s gates with a group of friends.

Witnesses said the attack followed an explosion in the area.

“At least 10 killed, many others wounded,” a senior government official told Reuters on condition of anonymity as he was not authorised to speak to media.

At least 15 others were injured, a police source said.

Afghan media reported a book exhibition was being held at the university, which was being attended by a number of dignitaries at the time of the shooting.

While Afghan officials declined to discuss the book fair, Iran’s semiofficial ISNA news agency reported on Sunday that Iranian Ambassador Bahador Aminian and cultural attaché Mojtaba Noroozi were scheduled to inaugurate the fair, which would host some 40 Iranian publishers.

“The enemies of Afghanistan, the enemies of education… have entered Kabul University,” Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian told reporters.

“The security forces are in the area trying to control the situation. They are advancing carefully to prevent any harm to the students.”

Students spoke of chaos and confusion as gunfire erupted.

“We were studying inside our classrooms when suddenly we heard a burst of gunfire inside the university,” said student Fraidoon Ahmadi, 23

“Some university students have fled… it is chaotic and students are terrified,” he added.

Last year, a bomb outside of the Kabul University campus’ gates killed eight people. In 2016, gunmen attacked the American University in Kabul, killing 13.

At least 24 students were killed last month when the ISIL (ISIS) group carried out a suicide bombing at an education centre in the capital’s Shia-majority neighbourhood of Dasht-e-Barchi.

Violence has plagued Afghanistan while government and Taliban negotiators have been meeting in Qatar to try to broker a peace deal that would allow the United States to bring its troops home and end its longest war.

The intra-Afghan talks came after the US and Taliban signed an agreement in February to end hostilities and work towards peace.

As part of the deal, the US agreed to withdraw its forces from Afghanistan and the Taliban pledged to honour American security interests.

Source: Gunmen kill at least 10 students in attack on Kabul university | Asia | Al Jazeera

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