Afghan university attack survivor tells horror story | Daily News

Afghan university attack survivor tells horror story

AFGHANISTAN: Students were gunned down “one by one” as they leapt from the windows of Kabul University classrooms when militants stormed the campus earlier this week, a survivor told AFP on Wednesday.

Officials said at least 22 people were killed and another 27 wounded when three gunmen rampaged through the university on Monday, spraying classrooms with bullets in an assault claimed by the jihadist Islamic State group.

The government insisted Wednesday that the Taliban were responsible, blaming an offshoot known as the Haqqani network.

Mohammad Qasim Kohistani, studying public policy at the university, described how the seven-hour attack unfolded at one of Afghanistan's top educational institutions.

“We were waiting for our teacher... suddenly, we heard loud sounds coming from the first floor,” said the 22-year-old, who was in a second-floor classroom. “We knew something was wrong; we started jumping from the windows.” Kohistani and some friends took refuge under a window ledge, a bloody scene unravelling above them, as the assailants went room to room searching for victims.

“After a gunman took over our class he started shooting fleeing students from the window,” said Kohistani.

“The other gunmen were shooting students one by one from close range,” he added.

Hundreds of students fled -- some scrambling over perimeter walls and onto the streets, others barricading themselves inside rooms until being rescued by Afghan special forces. Among those killed was Kohistani's best friend, Ahmad Ali, who stopped to help a female classmate, Roqia.

“He didn't jump from the window because Roqia had fainted,” he explained.

- AFP