President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday condemned the attack on the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul that took 13 lives, calling it an enmity against development and progress in the country.
“By conducting attacks on civilians, education institutions, residential places, bridges, power pylons and peaceful demonstrations, terrorist groups want to impede the growth and development of the values that Afghans believe in as the route towards progress and prosperity in Afghanistan,” Ghani said in a statement sent by his media office.
He added: “Terrorists should realize that despite all the challenges, the Afghan people and the government will continue the path they have chosen and they will overcome all the challenges.”
“Attack on education institutions and public places as well as targeting civilians will strengthen our goal to eliminate the roots of terrorism,” Ghani said.
He also appreciated the security and defense forces for preventing further casualty in the attack.
Ghani extended his heartfelt condolences to the victims’ families of the attack and wished swift recovery for the wounded.
Meanwhile, the Interior Ministry in a statement condemned the attack on the American University of Afghanistan and termed it un unforgivable crime by terrorist groups.
The ministry in the statement said that 12 people – including seven students, three police force members, one security guard from the university, and an official from the Visually Impaired Vocational High School were killed in the attack.