Students killed by gunmen at Afghan University [Video]

At least 19 students have been killed at Kabul University on Monday (November 2) as gunmen attacked the campus site, according to a senior government source.

Three attackers were shot dead by security forces.

Eye-witnesses added the attackers were targeting students and fired on them as they fled in the Afghan capital.

Fathullah Moradi is one of them.

“We saw them when they entered the university. They were shooting at every student they saw, and even they shot at the students who were running away. I and a number of my friends managed to leave the scene through the other gate of the university.”

The Taliban said their fighters were not involved in the assault.

No other group immediately claimed responsibility.

Witnesses also said the attack followed an explosion in the area.

Spokesman for the interior ministry Tariq Arian said several attackers had entered the campus and had been fighting with security forces.

At least 15 people were said to be injured, according to a police source.

This latest violence follows an attack late last month on an education center in Kabul which killed 24 people – and comes as the Afghan government and Taliban negotiators have been meeting in Qatar to try to broker a peace deal.

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At least 19 students have been killed at Kabul University on Monday as gunmen attacked the campus site, according to a senior government source. Three attackers were shot dead by security forces. Eye-witnesses added the attackers were targeting students and fired on them as they fled in the Afghan capital. Fathullah Moradi is one of them.

FATHULLAH MORADI: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

INTERPRETER: We saw them when they entered the university. They were shooting at every student they saw, and they even shot at students who were running away. A number of my friends and I managed to leave the scene through the university’s other gate.

The Taliban said their fighters were not involved in the assault. No other group immediately claimed responsibility. Witnesses also said the attack followed an explosion in the area.

Spokesman for the Interior Ministry, Tariq Arian, said several attackers had entered the campus and have been fighting with security forces. At least 15 people were said to be injured, according to a police source. This latest violence follows an attack late last month on an education center in Kabul, which killed 24 people, and comes as the Afghan government and Taliban negotiators have been meeting in Qatar to try and broker a peace deal.

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