At least 19 people were killed and 22 others injured in an attack on Monday by armed men who stormed Kabul University, officials said. Kabul police spokesman Ferdaws Faramerz said most of the victims are students.
The clashes pitted the attackers against the security forces inside the university, the largest in the country, for several hours, according to the Interior Ministry. The Taliban have assured that they are not involved in this assault.
“Three attackers are involved. One of them detonated the charge he was carrying, two were shot dead by the security forces, ”Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian said.
An attack in the middle of the Iranian book fair
The attack was launched as government officials arrived on campus to inaugurate an Iranian book fair, said Hamid Obaidi, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Higher Education.
The gunmen broke into the campus, causing hundreds to flee, some even trying to climb the perimeter wall to escape the gunfire.
Afghan security forces subsequently surrounded the area, blocking all roads leading to the university, witnesses and an AFP journalist reported. A few hours later, Tariq Arian announced that the attack was “over”.
Students recounted the chaos and confusion caused by the assault. “We were studying in one of the classrooms when we suddenly heard gunshots exploding in the university,” said Fraidoon Ahmadi, 23, who was stranded with other students for more than two hours before d ‘to be rescued.
“We were very scared and thought maybe it was the last day of our life […] girls and boys were screaming, praying and calling for help ”.
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