‘Why are you killing us?’: Afghans mourn these killed in IS assault in Kabul University

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Afghanistan declared a nationwide day of mourning Tuesday to honor the 22 people killed in a horrific assault a day earlier on Kabul University, which was claimed by the Islamic State group. Most of these killed have been college students and one other 27 people have been injured, a few of them critically.

Monday’s brutal, hours-long assault was the second assault on an academic establishment within the Afghan capital in as many weeks amid a hovering rise in violence and chaos throughout Afghanistan, at the same time as Taliban insurgents and govt negotiators keep peace talks within the Gulf state of Qatar.

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The Islamic State affiliate also claimed the sooner assault on Oct. 24 that killed 24 college students at a tutoring heart. The assault occurred within the largely Shiite neighborhood of Dasht-e-Barchi.

The IS affiliate has declared warfare on the nation’s minority Shiites and has claimed a lot of vicious assaults since rising in japanese Afghanistan in 2014.

Outside Kabul University Tuesday a small group of demonstrators gathered demanding a cease-fire and urging the govt to withdraw from the peace talks till a everlasting finish to hostilities is asserted. Some held indicators studying “why are you killing us?”

Mohammad Rahed, a approach and public administration scholar killed within the assault, posted a video to social media simply days before the assault, where he urged people to dwell every second and to “live with a smile.” The video was broadly shared after the assault.

His father advised native media his son needed to be president of Afghanistan and “honestly serve my people.”

Meanwhile, President Ashraf Ghani warned that the perpetrators can be pursued.

“We will not remain silent. We will take the revenge,” he mentioned in a video message Tuesday. “Our brave forces are after you everywhere and they will eliminate you.”

The brutal assault on the college was condemned by the United Nations and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. Human rights teams have expressed their outrage and Torek Farhadi, a political commentator in Kabul and former govt advisor referred to as for a “transparent investigation” into security within the Afghan capital to find out how closely armed gunmen gained entry to the nation’s largest academic establishment.

The Islamic State is just not a part of peace talks and regardless of their claims of duty, the govt has blamed Taliban for the assaults. Taliban, just like the Afghan security forces, are combating the Islamic State and below an settlement signed with the US, the Taliban have dedicated to combating militancy, particularly the Islamic State.

The govt’s lead negotiator in peace talks, Mohammad Masoom Stanekzai, referred to as for an instantaneous cease-fire announcement from the Taliban.

“If Taliban is committed to end brutal killing of people then should accept ceasefire,” Stanekzai tweeted Tuesday.

The Taliban, which condemned the assault on the college and denied involvement inside hours of its begin, have refused to declare a cease-fire saying it could be a part of the negotiations.

But if not a cease-fire, then a major discount in violence has taken on rising significance as Washington’s peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad on Monday made a shock go to to Pakistan urging Islamabad to induce the rebel motion to scale back violence.

Pakistan has been critical in pushing Taliban into talks. Even because the Islamic rebel group ousted by the U.S.-led coalition in 2001 maintains its political workplace in Doha, where talks are being held, its management councils are positioned in Pakistan.

Khalilzad brokered a peace pact with the Taliban that was signed in February and seen on the time because the nation’s greatest probability at peace in additional than 40 years of warfare. The peace settlement which is to permit U.S. and NATO troops withdraw from Afghanistan after 19 years, it also paved the plan for the peace talks at the moment underway.

In a series of tweets Tuesday Khalilzad condemned the assault but additionally warned “this barbaric attack is NOT an opportunity for the government and the Taliban to score points against each other. There is a common enemy here.”

Family members of the victims mourned their family members on native TV and referred to as for the govt to analyze security lapses.

[Attribution HT]

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