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Afghans widely condemn attack on American university in Kabul

American University of AfghanistanKABUL: Afghans from all walks of life have strongly denounced the terrorist attack on an American-run university in Kabul which claimed over a dozen lives after 10 hours of fighting.

In the deadly attack which was launched on American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) at 07:30 p.m. local time on Wednesday, according to a statement of Interior Ministry released here on Thursday, 15 people including three attackers were killed and 36 others injured.

“Twelve people including seven students of the university, three police, a guard of the university and a guard of a nearby school were killed in the coward terrorist attack and 36 others including students and staff of the university as well as nine police personnel injured,” said the statement of Interior Ministry released here.

Police personnel have also rescued some 200 students, according to the statement of Interior Ministry.

Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in a statement released by his office here termed the attack on the university as blatant terrorist offensive against education and development of Afghanistan and condemned it in its strongest term.

In the statement, the president also expressed sympathy with the families of the victims.

Similarly, Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah termed the attack on the American university as coward terrorist act and enmity with the people of Afghanistan and strongly condemned it.

“Attack on American university or any school and educational center is enmity with development, prosperity and literacy and deserve all kind of condemnation,” a school student Abdul Rauf told Xinhua.

“Targeting education centers and killing innocent students is not justifiable. Attack on university in fact is killing brains and killing of the future leaders of the country and anyone should condemn it,” a guard of a private office here Aga Gul told Xinhua.

Slamming the deadly attack on the American University of Afghanistan here in Kabul, chancellor of the university, Tawfiq Tamas, in talks with local media pointed out that the attack on the university virtually is attack on talents and knowledge which gives the message that even the educational centers is not safe here, saying the attack also demonstrates the security lapse here. (Xinhua)

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