Kabul blames Islamabad for 'orchestrating' American University attack

Kabul blames Islamabad for 'orchestrating' American University attack

Afghan policemen on patrol after the attack on the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul. Photograph: (Reuters)

New Delhi, India Aug 26, 2016, 06.12 PM (IST)

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has said that the attack on American University in Kabul was  “organised and orchestrated” from Pakistan, in  yet another blow to the cooling ties between the two countries.

According to media reports, Ghani spoke to Pakistan army chief general Raheel Sharif over phone and demanded “serious measure against the terrorists”.

Raheel Sharif has reportedly told Ghani that “ "Pakistani soil would not be allowed to be used for any type of terrorism in Afghanistan." 

Media reports say that Afghan authorities have shared three mobile phone numbers that were allegedly used during the attack and Pakistan security forces have launched combing operations based on those numbers.

 

Media reports say that Afghan authorities have shared three mobile phone numbers that were allegedly used during the attack and Pakistan security forces have launched combing operations based on those numbers.


16 people were killed after at least two gunmen raided the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul late on Wednesday night. 

The militants stormed classrooms after a suspected car bomb was used to get into the walled complex,.

There has been no claim of responsibility for the raid .

University attracted foreign staff despite security concerns, heart of liberal learning

Partly funded by US aid the American University, was founded in 2006, and offered the country's most sought after degrees.

Despite security concerns, fuelled by the growth of insurgency and attacks on foreigners in Kabul, the university has  continued to attract overseas teaching staff.

Some 60 per cent of professors are foreign and the wider academic staff are drawn from 16 countries including Afghanistan, said Shamroz Khan Masjidi, a university spokesman told Reuters.

(WION with inputs from agencies)

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Afghan President spoke to Pakistan army chief over phone on Thursday, following which security forces in Pakistan began combing operations

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