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Date of Incident: February 04, 2020

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Institution(s):Marshal Fahim Military Academy

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Afghanistan

New or Ongoing:New Incident

On February 4, 2020, a suicide bomber killed at least five people and injured at least a dozen more, near the entrance to Marshal Fahim Military Academy, a defense university in Kabul where the country’s security officers undergo training.  The attack, which occurred around dawn, came after three months of relative calm in Kabul.  As of this report, no group has claimed responsibility.

Scholars at Risk is concerned about the targeted attack on a higher education institution. In addition to the loss of life and the harm to the other individual victims, such incidents have a chilling effect on academic freedom and public safety. State officials and police have a duty to take available measures to prevent such attacks and to investigate and hold the perpetrators accountable.