News from the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA)
RAWA News


 

 

 

Add RAWA RSS Feed to Feedreaders



 




 


RAWA Photo Gallery
From RAWA Photo Gallery
 


Help RAWA: Order from our wish list on Amazon.com

RAWA Channel on Youtube

Follow RAWA on Twitter

Join RAWA on Facebook


AFP, November 25, 2012

Afghan universities shut after sectarian clash

One student was killed and 28 others were wounded as students attacked each other with sticks and rocks

KABUL — Afghanistan has closed down three major public universities in the capital Kabul for more than a week after sectarian clashes left one student dead and nearly 30 others wounded, an official said Sunday.

The clashes erupted on Saturday after a ritual marking the Shiite Muslim festival of Ashura was interrupted by Sunni students.

Ashura ceremony blast in Kabul
A wounded man and a boy try to stand up after a suicide blast targeting a Shiite gathering in Kabul in December 2011. (Photo: Reuters)

One student was killed and 28 others were wounded as students attacked each other with sticks and rocks, according to interior ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi.

The violence primarily hit the university's hostel which houses students from the provinces, with witnesses saying one student was killed as he was pushed off a window from the third floor.

To avoid further violence, Afghanistan's higher education ministry closed down three major public universities for 10 days.

"It's a precautionary measure," Sediqqi told AFP.

Ashura is a religious ceremony marking the murder of Imam Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Mohammed, by the armies of the Caliph Yazid in 680.

Sectarian violence is rare in Afghanistan, which is gripped by a deadly Islamic insurgency led by the Taliban militants.

Political leaders including representatives from the Shiite minorities have called for restraint.

Afghanistan's Shiite minorities have gained significant freedom since the hardline Taliban were removed from power in a 2001 US-led invasion.

The Ashura ceremony, in which men beat their chests and self-flagellate their backs with sharp blades, has long been a magnet for sectarian attacks. Last year more than 80 people were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up in Kabul.

Category: HR Violations - Views: 2315


Latest

Most Viewed

Comments