Updated: May 1, 2019
Endangered Scholars Worldwide remembers Naqib Khpulwak, a law professor who was killed in an attack on the American University of Afghanistan on August 25.
Thirteen people were killed in an attack that began Wednesday evening at the American University of Kabul while another 35 students and nine police officers were injured. Two gunmen were killed after police entered a building hours after the shooting started. A third attacker was killed Wednesday night when he detonated an explosives-laden car in front of the university wall.
Endangered Scholars Worldwide condemns this attack and stands in solidarity with the families of the victims. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all effected during this difficult time. Students, professors and academics have been increasingly targeted in violent attacks—an unacceptable trend that hurts the future of societies at large. Universities, as symbols of freedom, empowerment, and peace, are being attacked for the values they promote, which stand in strong contrast to the extremist ideology and ruthless methods of terrorist groups. Endangered Scholars Worldwide recalls that schools and universities must be protected, as stated in the Guidelines for Protecting Schools and Universities from Military Use during Armed Conflict (formerly known as the Lucens Guidelines).