Second recent attack on Kabul school draws Guterres’ strong condemnation

A view across Kabul University in the capital of Afghanistan.
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A view across Kabul University in the capital of Afghanistan.

Second recent attack on Kabul school draws Guterres’ strong condemnation

Peace and Security

The UN chief strongly condemned the “horrific attack” on Monday at Kabul University in Afghanistan. 

In a statement issued through his deputy spokesperson, Farhan Haq, Secretary-General António Guterres expressed his “deepest sympathies to the families of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured”. 

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Gunmen disguised as police officers stormed the University in the Afghan capital, taking hostages, killing at some 20 people and wounding more than a dozen others, according to news reports. 

The six-hour siege ended after three assailants were killed, the Interior Ministry said.

Censure the guilty

“This appalling attack, the second in ten days on a school facility in Kabul, is also an assault on the human right to education”, the statement said.

The Secretary-General reiterated that “those responsible must be held accountable”.

“The United Nations stands by the people and Government of Afghanistan in support of their long-held aspirations for peace”, he concluded.