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19 killed, 22 injured in militant attack on Kabul University

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Three militants stormed into Afghanistan’s Kabul University on Monday killing at least 19 people and injuring 22 others. Eventually, the militants were eliminated by the security forces.

The majority of those who lost their lives in the incident were students.

Following the deadly attack, the Taliban clarified that they were not involved in the incident at Kabul University.

Notably, several educational institutions had to face attacks by extremist groups including the IS.

Higher education ministry’s spokesperson Hamid Obaidi told a news agency that the attack started when government officials were arriving for the opening of an Iranian book fair organised at the varsity campus.

Gunmen stormed the facility, sending hundreds fleeing and scrambling over walls of the campus as they tried to escape the firing. Afghan security forces later surrounded the area, cordoning off all roads that led to the university.

“The attack is over, but sadly 19 people have been killed and 22 more wounded,” interior ministry’s spokesman Tariq Arian said.

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“Three attackers were involved. One of them blew up his explosives at the beginning, two were brought down by the security forces,” he said.

24 people killed in suicide attack last week in Kabul

Last week at least 24 people, mostly students, were killed in a suicide attack on an educational centre in western Kabul that was claimed by IS.

In 2018 a suicide bomber killed dozens of people, many of them teenagers, in front of Kabul University in an attack also claimed by IS.

Sixteen people were killed when militants stormed the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul in 2016.

Students recall the horror

“We were studying inside our classrooms when suddenly we heard a burst of gunfire inside the university,” said Fraidoon Ahmadi, 23, adding that he and several other students were besieged for more than two hours before being rescued.

“We were very scared and we thought it could be the last day of our lives… boys and girls were shouting, praying and crying for help.”

“I have no words to express how we survived today’s attack by gunmen on our university,” he added.

About 800 students were in the social sciences faculty where he was studying.

 

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