Afghanistan: At least 19 killed, dozens injured in Kabul University attack

New Delhi (NVI): At least 19 people were killed and dozens wounded when gunmen stormed Kabul University today in a brutal, hours-long assault that saw students left in pools of blood in their classrooms.

The incident took place when the university was hosting a book fair at the campus, which was attended by a number of dignitaries, including the Iranian ambassador to Afghanistan.

A group of three gunmen stormed the campus when Afghan and Iranian officials were inaugurating the book fair, Tolo News reported.

The country’s interior ministry spokesperson, Tariq Arian, said the attackers were killed in the ensuing battle with security forces.

Vice President Amrullah Saleh on twitter called the attack the result of an “intelligence failure” and claimed the Taliban had orchestrated the university assault.

However, Taliban has issued a statement denying responsibility for the attack.

The attack on Kabul University, which came as violence surges across Afghanistan, marked the second time in less than two weeks an educational institution was targeted in the capital.