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Kabul University Attack

Security personnel inspect the scene of an attack in Kabul. Reuters

It was a heartless and condemnable act of terrorism in Kabul in which several people died and many were injured (“Bomb targets Kabul University, several die,” July 20, Gulf Today).

There should be an end to war and terrorism in Afghanistan. For many decades the innocent Afghan people are being victimised by war and terrorism that has not only harmed the people but also ruined the country.

The powerful bomb blast outside the gates of Kabul University in the Afghan capital on Friday killed at least eight people and wounded 33, as students and lawyers waited to take an examination, officials said.

Taliban militants are carrying out almost daily attacks, despite reported progress in efforts by the United States to broker an end to Afghanistan’s nearly 18-year-old war.

According to reports, there was no immediate claim of responsibility for Friday’s blast. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said he was not aware of any Taliban involvement in Friday’s attack.

An eyewitness and an interior ministry official said a vehicle caught fire after a bomb stuck to its underside exploded.

“The blast happened when hundreds of students were entering the campus. We were scheduled to appear for the law exam but the blast shook all of us,” said Karima Wardak, a student at the Kabul University.

A police team defused a second bomb placed near the explosion site, Kabul police spokesman Faramarz Firdaws said.

It is very unfortunate, at the same time reports are surfacing that there is progress in efforts by the United States to end the Afghanistan’s nearly 18-year-old war, but the militants are carrying out almost daily terror attack across Afghanistan.  

Every stakeholder should make sincere efforts to reach an everlasting peace in Afghanistan.

Badshah Khan
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