Afghan forces seize ‘mastermind’ of Kabul college assault

KABUL: Afghan forces have captured the “mastermind” of a brutal assault on Kabul College when militants stormed lecture rooms and gunned down dozens of scholars earlier this month, a prime official mentioned Saturday.
Not less than 22 folks have been killed and one other 27 wounded when three gunmen rampaged via the college on November 2, spraying lecture rooms with bullets for a number of hours.
The brazen daylight assault got here amid surging violence throughout the nation that has solely worsened in current months regardless of the federal government holding peace talks with the Taliban in Qatar.
“The mastermind behind Kabul College assault has been arrested,” Vice President Amrullah Saleh introduced on his Fb web page.
The assault, which had ended after the three attackers have been killed in preventing, was deliberate by a militant known as Adil, Saleh mentioned.
Adil was recruited by the Haqqani community, Saleh mentioned giving just one identify of the arrested man.
“The assault was carried out to stress, defame and make the federal government look weak in entrance of the folks,” Saleh mentioned.
Adil, who had been a pupil of the Islamic sharia legislation, hailed from the province of Panjshir however his household lived on the outskirts of Kabul, he mentioned.
“Adil had been lacking for 3 years amid rumours that he had gone to obtain coaching in warfare and preventing,” Saleh mentioned.
Throughout his questioning, Adil revealed that he had acquired weapons from Haqqani community to hold out the assault, Saleh added.
The shadowy Haqqani community, an affiliate of the Taliban, has lengthy been accused of finishing up brutal assaults of Western forces and civilians, and has been branded a terrorist group by Washington.
Quickly after the assault, Saleh and different prime officers had blamed the Taliban for the college assault.
Nevertheless, the assault was claimed by the Islamic State group.
Days earlier than the college assault, IS had claimed one other lethal suicide bombing close to an academic centre in a western district of Kabul that killed 24 folks.

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