A group of shocked Afghan students demonstrated outside Kabul University, following a brutal attack that claimed the lives of 22 people. Students held banners saying ‘Stop Killing Us’ and the day was declared a national day of mourning.
Yesterday’s attack saw three attackers rampage through the campus opening fire at students. The attacks started before 11 AM on Monday, with an explosion at the gates of the university. Thousands had fled, however, the few that were trapped witness fellow students be killed before them. They took to social media platforms to document the events. Isil claimed responsibility for the attack.
“God give patience, my classmates martyred and wounded in front of my eyes, and I am taken hostage,” one student had posted on Facebook.
The siege lasted for five hours, after which the Interior Ministry declared the area safe – with many taken hostage and dozens wounded or dead. Afghanistan’s security forces have been grappling with increasing violence, which worsened in recent months despite the state holding peace talks with the Taliban in Qatar.