KABUL: Afghan forces caught the “mastermind” of a brutal attack on Kabul University earlier this month when militants stormed classrooms and killed dozens of students.
At least 22 people were killed and 27 injured when three gunmen stormed the university on November 2, firing bullets into classrooms for hours.
The unemployment attack comes amid intense violence across the country, which has only intensified in recent months despite the government’s peace talks with the Taliban in Qatar. Vice President Amrullah Saleh announced on his Facebook page on Saturday that “the mastermind behind the Kabul University attack has been arrested.”
Saleh said the attack ended after the three attackers were killed, and was planned by a man named Adil.
Saleh said Adil was recruited by the Haqqani Network, giving only one name of the man arrested. “The attack was carried out to put pressure on the people, to discredit them and to weaken the government,” he said.
Adil hailed from Panjshir province but his family lived on the outskirts of Kabul. “Adil had been missing for three years amid rumors that he had gone to war and combat training,” Saleh said.