19 dead, dozens wounded after gunmen storm Kabul University campus in Afghanistan

Gunmen attack Kabul University’s campus on Monday, killing at least 19 people and engaging in a gunfight with security forces.

The attackers were targeting students and fired on them as they fled in the Afghan capital, a witness said.

“They were shooting at every student they saw,” Fathullah Moradi told Reuters, saying he had managed to escape through one of the university’s gates with a group of friends.

At least 22 people were wounded, the interior ministry said.

The Taliban said their fighters were not involved in the assault. No other group immediately claimed responsibility.

Witnesses said the attack followed an explosion in the area.

Senior personnel in the Afghan government said, “At least 10 killed many others wounded”.

NATO Senior Civilian Representative to Afghanistan Stefano Pontecorvo condemned the attack.

“This is the second attack on educational institutions in Kabul in 10 days. Afghan children & youth need to feel safe going to school,” he said in a statement.

An attack late last month on an education centre in Kabul killed 24 people, mostly students.

Violence has plagued Afghanistan while government and Taliban negotiators have been meeting in Qatar to try to broker a peace deal and as the United States brings home its troops.