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Afghanistan arrests 13 cops for negligence over Kabul University attack

Kabul, Nov 4 (efe-epa).-The Afghan interior ministry on Wednesday arrested 13 police officers on charges of negligence over the deadly attack on Kabul University, in which 22 people were killed and 27 injured on Monday.

“Thirteen policemen were arrested and referred for prosecution to the military attorney, over negligence to ensure security of the Kabul University,” Kabul police spokesperson Firdaws Faramarz told EFE.

The detained officers include the police chief for Kabul’s police district-3 (PD-3), and the security in-charge for the university, he added.

The institution, the most prestigious and one of the oldest universities in the country, witnessed its worst attack in two decades on Monday when three assailants entered a building of the Faculty of Law and opened fire against students, teachers and other employees.

The siege lasted nearly five hours before the security forces gunned down all the attackers, who had entered the campus at a time when nearly 15,000 people were present in the premises.

The attack has been claimed by the Islamic State terror group, although the government had initially blamed the Taliban, who distanced themselves from the incident.

The university was reopened on Wednesday after municipal and other workers worked round the clock to clear the debris left behind after the attack.

“The doors of the Kabul University were reopened for students and professors and the faculties practically resumed their classes today,” higher education ministry spokesperson Hanif Farzan told EFE, insisting that the campus had returned to normal.

The latest attack in the center of the national capital comes at a sensitive time when representatives of the Taliban and the government have been holding peace talks in the Qatari capital of Doha since early September, seeking an end to two decades of conflict in the country.

According to a report released by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan last week, at least 2,117 civilians have been killed and 3,822 injured in the armed conflict in the country during the first nine months of 2020. EFE-EPA


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