AT least 10 students have been killed by gunmen in an attack on Kabul University’s campus before exchanging fire with security forces.
According to a senior Afghan government source and witnesses, gunmen attacked the campus where they targeted the students, injuring around 22 people.
Fathullah Moradi, who managed to escape the scene, told Reuters, “They were shooting at every student they saw” and according to the interior ministry spokesman, Tariq Arian, “several attackers had entered the campus and were fighting with security forces.”
In a statement condemning the attack, NATO Senior Civilian Representative to Afghanistan Stefano Pontecorvo said: “This is the second attack on educational institutions in Kabul in 10 days. Afghan children & youth need to feel safe going to school.”
This latest attack comes after an airstrike on an Afghan school killed 11 children, despite government and Taliban negotiators meeting in Qatar to try to broker peace deals.
It is unknown whether any of the gunmen died during their exchange with security forces.
We offer our condolences to the family and friends of the students who lost their lives.
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