Policemen who rescued university students honoured
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior on Sunday blessed with medals, bonuses and promotions policemen who rescued students during Wednesday’s attack on the Afghan-American University in Kabul.
The brazen gun and bomb attack on the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) left 13 dead and scores of others wounded in Darul Aman area of Kabul.
Officials say the dead included six students, a professor, two university guards, nearby blind institute guard, three policemen. Those wounded in the assault included 30 students and police personnel and other people.
No insurgent group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack and Afghan authorities say the attack was planned in Pakistan.
The MoI on Sunday paid tribute to a police officer and a sergeant of the Special Unit Forces killed in the attack and offered prayers for the departed souls and recited verses from the holy Quran.
Meanwhile, Interior Minister Gen. Taj Mohammad Jahid told the ceremony President Ashraf Ghani would give special gifts (a home or cash) to families of the two slain police officials.
Also 20 police officers were awarded promotions and as many police sergeants conferred medals during the gathering.
Jahid said nine wounded policemen had been honored with promotions and one month bonus salary and the 45 other soldiers would also receive a one month additional benefit, he added.
He said the officers, sergeants and soldiers had showed bravery and rescued at least 300 students present at the university at the time of the attack.
He, while addressing the special unit, said: “The special unit champions are true sons of the country and all Afghans pin hope in them. Those who defend this country’s oppressed people with the will of Allah are you.”
The minister said Afghanistan was currently engaged in unannounced war, which would be won by the Afghans the way they won against the former Soviet Union.
The special unit commander, Brig. Gen. Sayed Mohammad Roshandil, told the unit personnel: “I proud of your bravery, you are real angels, you protected dozens of students from dying.”
During the ceremony, an officer of the special unit, Abdul Raqeeb, who was promoted from major to lieutenant colonel rank, told Pajhwok Afghan News: “We had sworn to Allah that we will defend and protect our country until a single drop of blood is left in our bodies.”
He said the special unit had undergone tough professional and military trainings and had the capability and ready to frustrate the enemy under any circumstances.
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