American U of Afghanistan Plans to Reopen

August 26, 2016

The American University of Afghanistan issued a statement early Friday morning resolving that the university will reopen after a 10-hour overnight attack on the campus starting Wednesday that killed at least 13 people and wounded dozens more.

"The American University of Afghanistan has temporarily suspended operations in the wake of the despicable terrorist attack on the University," the statement says. "However, the university has already started the process to repair the damage caused by the attack so that the campus can reopen. Security has always been of the utmost importance to the university and we will be working with the Afghan government and others to improve security."

The university said it has no date set at this point for resuming operations, but that it will update its website with details.

"Rumors that the university will close are completely untrue," the statement continues. "AUAF is dedicated to its educational mission in service to Afghanistan and has no intention of giving into terror. As our faculty member Naqib Ahmad Khpulwak, who was killed in this attack, had said, those who care about the future of Afghanistan cannot back down to insurgents and criminals who threaten a future of possibility. Our firm resolve is to move forward."

The attack on the American-style university in Kabul came two and a half weeks after two of the institution’s foreign faculty members were kidnapped at gunpoint.

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