Nov. 2 (UPI) — A militant assault that lasted for hours at a college in Afghanistan’s capital on Monday has killed almost two dozen folks, authorities stated.

The assault at Kabul College killed a minimum of 22 folks and injured virtually two dozen.

The federal government has declared Tuesday a nationwide day of mourning.

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani stated authorities would “take revenge for this mindless assault” in a press release issued by the presidential palace.

Witnesses stated militants entered lecture rooms on the faculty’s regulation school coaching middle and opened hearth on college students and instructors. They held greater than 20 college students and professors hostage throughout the siege.

The varsity was internet hosting a guide occasion on the time of the assault, which included senior Afghanistan officers.

Authorities in the end killed three militants on the college, one in every of Afghanistan’s largest, to finish the standoff.

A regional Islamic State group claimed duty for the assault in a press release.

The Islamic State group stated on a message on the Telegram app that it had focused “the commencement of judges and investigators working for the apostate Afghan authorities.”

COVID-19 restrictions have been eased on the college in current weeks and college students have solely just lately returned to lessons and dormitories.

An affiliate of the Islamic State has fought Afghan and U.S. forces within the nation for the previous three years. Officers say some fighters have emerged in bigger cities like Kabul and have been a part of assaults that always resemble these of the Taliban.

The Taliban, which is at present concerned in peace talks with the U.S.-backed Afghan authorities, stated it was not concerned in Monday’s assault.

Monday’s was the second assault at an academic middle in Kabul up to now few weeks. A suicide bomber killed dozens of individuals at a tutoring middle on Oct. 24.