Gunmen kill at least 25 students at Kabul University

Taliban says that their fighters did not cause the assualt

Kabul: Gunmen killed at least 25 students in Afghanistan’s Kabul University on Monday, AFP reported.

An injured person being taken to a hospital after a suicide attack on a religious gathering at a wedding hall in Kabul, Afghanistan, where a thousand people were said to be present.Credit…Mohammad Ismail/Reuters

According to the witnesses and government sources, gunmen opened fire on students in the capital of Afghanistan, while they attempted to flee the scene.

A witness told Reuters that the gunmen were firing at every student they saw.

Hospital workers carry an injured person after an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan March 6, 2020.

“They were shooting at every student they saw,” Fathullah Moradi told Reuters, while adding that he was able to escape through one of the gates of the university with his friends.

The Taliban claimed that their fighters did not cause the assault, with no other group taking responsibility of the act so far.

According to witnesses, soon after the attack, an explosion took place in the area.

A man wounded after gunmen stormed the university on Monday. Photo Credit: Wakil Kohsar/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

“At least 10 killed many others wounded,” the senior government official told Reuters.

According to the Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian, many attacked had infiltrated the campus and were fighting with security forces.

A police source told Reuters that at least 15 people had been injured in the event.

NATO’s Senior Civilian Representative to Afghanistan Stefano Pontecorvo condemned the assault in a statement.

“This is the second attack on educational institutions in Kabul in 10 days. Afghan children & youth need to feel safe going to school,” he claimed.

Last month, an attack on an education centre had killed 24 people, most of whom were students.

Afghanistan government and Taliban negotiators are meeting in Qatar to reach a peace deal, while the United States brings its troops back.