From the Khaleej Times: “Time bomb at Afghan university kills woman”
HERAT, Afghanistan – A timebomb exploded in a classroom of female university students in Afghanistan’s western city of Heart [sic] on Monday, killing one woman and wounding eight others, police said.
The device blew up just after 9:00 am in the English-language section of the Herat University”s education faculty, the city”s police director Ghulam Sarwar Haidari told AFP.
“The explosion took place at a time when the class was out but still there were a number of girls inside the class,” Haidari said.
The blast destroyed chairs and tables, and shattered the windows. Blood was smeared across the floor.
The bomb had been hidden in a rubbish bin, said the interior ministry in Kabul, which handles police matters.
“One student named Razia died of her serious wounds in the hospital. Eight others were also slightly wounded by pieces of glass and the explosion. Some have already been discharged from hospital,” a ministry spokesman said.
It was not immediately clear who had planted the bomb but one of the students said the attack was carried out by “enemies of knowledge and education”.
“They want to scare us not to study but we are not afraid of such incidents and will continue to come to the institute and continue our education,” said Frozan Ahmadi.
The extremist Taleban movement that was removed from government in late 2001 by a US-led coalition barred women and girls from getting an education or working.
Since the regime fell, women and girls have flooded back to schools although they are still outnumbered by men and boys.
The Taleban movement has meanwhile launched an increasingly deadly insurgency that has seen regular attacks on schools as part of a campaign against the reforms and developments of the new government which has wide support in the international community.