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Three terrorists entered the campus with weapons and explosives. They fell to the police after five hours.

At least 22 people died this Monday and 22 others were wounded in an armed attack that lasted for five hours at the University of Kabul, in Afghanistan, where thousands of students were.

“The terrorist attack on Kabul University ended with the death of the three terrorists. Unfortunately, in this attack another 19 people were killed and 22 more were injured, “Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian said in a statement.

Among the dead there are at least ten girls, later detailed Arian, who celebrated the rescue of hundreds of students and university personnel during the almost five hours that the operation lasted, while the security forces are now working to remove unexploded explosives from the area.

Among the injured are students, teachers, administrative employees of the university and a taxi driver, explained the spokesman for the Ministry of Public Health, Akmal Samsour, who revealed that although most of the wounded “have gunshot wounds”, all are “stable”.

The attackers chose the first hour of the morning, in the shift with the highest class attendance, to enter the university, when, as explained by the spokesman for the Ministry of Higher Education, Hanif Farzan, about 15,000 people were on campus, between students, teachers and other employees.

Social media was soon filled with videos filmed by students with their phones, in which young people of both sexes were shown jumping walls and fleeing the enclosure, while the shots were heard in the background.

Local media have spread images of the university with student bodies scattered throughout the classrooms and hallways.

For now, no insurgent group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The main Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said in a brief statement that the fighters from the Islamic Emirate (as the Taliban call themselves) had nothing to do with the attack on the university.

Convictions for the attack on one of Afghanistan’s main educational institutions were swift, including those of the Afghan president’s office, Ashraf Ghani, or from the highest authority in the Afghan peace process, Abdullah Abdullah.

“I strongly condemn today’s cowardly terrorist attack on Kabul University. Attacking educational institutions is a heinous crime. Students have the right to study in peace … We will prevail over the forces of evil, “Abdullah, president of the High Council for National Reconciliation, said on Twitter.

Also the NATO representative for Afghanistan, Stefano Pontecorvo, condemned what happened and recalled that “this is the second attack in 10 days against an educational center in Kabul”, after the Attack on a study site belonging to the Hazara Shiite minority that left 24 dead, mostly students, and 57 wounded.

Afghanistan has also seen insurgent actions against universities in the past, such as the one that occurred in October last year in the southern province of Ghazni, in which 23 students, most of them women, were injured after a bomb exploded in a classroom.

In addition, in August 2016, in the Afghan capital, an attack on the American University of Kabul, which lasted for ten hours, caused 17 deaths and 45 injuries.

The attack on Monday and occurs when since September the start of peace talks between representatives of the Taliban and the Afghan Government, which seek to end nearly two decades of war in Afghanistan.

With information from EFE.

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