It a warm fall day and Kabul University, the country’s biggest higher education center, was packed with thousands of students when two attackers entered the campus from the northern gate of the compound. Their first target was a guard at a training center at the Law Faculty that was built in recent years.
TOLOnews correspondent Sharif Amiry visited the university as one of the first journalists who could enter the campus the next morning after the deadly attack. A two-story was their primary target.
The attackers did not engage in any fight after they entered the northern gate of the university. They entered the first floor shortly after they killed the security guard of the training center—that is in a white-colored building.
Security officials said two of the attackers were deployed at the same building. Each classroom housed more than a dozen students as officials described.
“Our students were on holiday,” said Mohammad Wasil Sharafat, a law professor, adding that the students were from the Public Administration Faculty that has been newly established and were given two classrooms at the Law Faculty building to study there.
Sharafat said the Public Administration students were meeting their lecturers to get more scores as they believed they haven’t been served justice in their exam papers by professors.
In total, 18 students, 16 students from the Public Administration Faculty and two of them from the Law Faculty, lost their lives in the attack. Some tried to jump out of the class from the second floor, some tried to hide under desks, and some went to the corner of the class to hide and to survive as two survivors described.
The attackers had military uniforms, eyewitnesses said. There are two narrations on the way the attackers entered the campus. Some believe the entered northern gate. Some say they were already inside the campus and entered the dormitory gate.
“I couldn’t sleep at night. It is difficult for me to bear this incident,” Mohammadi said.
Sajjad Nejati, a fourth-year student of Law Faculty who sustained injuries in the attack, said they were on the second floor and there were over 50 students in their class. He said they heard gunfire and thought that it happens every day in the country, but suddenly the sound too close.
He said that only six out of over 50 students couldn’t escape through the window as they had to jump out from the second floor. Two girls from their class, he said, died in the attack. Both were among the most talented students in the class.
Sajjad said that the students of the Public Administration were mostly affected as they were on the first floor and the attackers entered their classroom first.
Many have described the attack on the university as an attack by the gun on the pen.
Some of the students jumped from the second floor to save their lives.
“My daughter jumped out of the second floor. Her legs are broken. Bullets have hit her hands,” said Obaidullah, father of a student.
The attackers were carrying two AK47 guns and hand grenades, eyewitnesses said.
On Tuesday, some activists and students gathered in front of the university to protest the attack.
“This indicates the weakness of the security agencies. How the attackers managed to infiltrate the university with guns,” said Mursal Azizi, a protestor.
Government figures show that 22 people, 18 of them students, were killed and over 40 others were wounded in the attack.
Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack. The Taliban denied involvement.
First Vice President Amrullah Saleh blamed the Taliban for the Kabul University attack and said there are many evidences to prove his claim.
Giving details about his daily morning meetings with security officials, Saleh said the weapons used by the attackers do not match the weapons shown by “fake” Daesh statement in which they claimed responsibility for the attack.
Saleh said the two men shown in “fake” Daesh statement do not resemble the “terrorists” killed in Kabul University attack.
The first vice president said that the Taliban flag was also found in a box belonged to the “terrorists.” He added that the last words they wrote on the walls of the classrooms were “long live Taliban.”