Endangered Scholars Worldwide remembers Naqib Khpulwak, a law professor who was killed in the attack on the American University of Afghanistan on August 25.
Thirteen people were killed in the attack that began Wednesday evening at the American University of Kabul. 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 when he detonated an explosives-laden car Wednesday night in front of the university wall.
Endangered Scholars Worldwide condemns this attack in the strongest possible terms and stands in solidarity with the families of the victims. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all their friends and family during this difficult time. In recent years, students, professors and academics have been increasingly targeted in violent attacks – an unacceptable trend that hurts the future of societies at large. Universities, as all-in-one symbols of freedom, empowerment and peace are increasingly targeted for the values they promote, which stand in strong contrast with the extremist ideology and ruthless methods of terrorist groups. Endangered Scholars Worldwide recalls that schools and universities must be protected from these kinds of attacks, as stated in the Guidelines for Protecting Schools and Universities from Military Use during Armed Conflict (formerly known as the Lucens Guidelines).