KABUL, Afghanistan – First Vice President Amrullah Saleh faced backlash over a tweet he blamed the Taliban for Kabul University attack, while the group has repeatedly denied involvement.
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (known as Islamic State or IS) claimed responsibility for the attack that killed 19 and wounded further 22 on Kabul University Monday morning.
“While Amrullah Saleh can impudently blame the attack on the Emirate, such a fake staging is easy for him,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid reacted over VP tweet holding the group responsible.
“How is it possible for attackers busy in hours of war find time to calligraph on the wall, writing Emirate,” questioned Mujahid posting pictures of vandalized wall and an ISIS flag remained at the scene? “Why do they need brining flag instead of attacking?
The pictures circulating on social media, including those posted by Taliban spokesman, show an ISIS flag – stained with blood – dangling on a window and vandalized script reading “long live Emirate”.
“What is the sign that the attackers were wearing police uniforms,” he continued questioning? “ISIS website (Amaq) published pictures of the attackers, the corpse are with the Kabul administration, if there is no excuse, compare the bodies with the pictures of the attackers and see if its them [the ISIS] or not?”
The backlash came after VP Saleh said in a tweet the Taliban “shamelessly disclaim responsibility for that massacre of Kbul Uni [Kabul University] students, adding the “Taliban, their allies & backrs [backers] are responsible.”
“In an exclusive interview the Taliban negotiator in Doha said “only the Talbn [Taliban] have the monopoly over violence against government. There is no one else,” quoted Saleh the Taliban admitting as such during a Doha talk.
Saleh is known for his bold behavior against terrorists, where he has several times blamed the Taliban for ongoing violence in Afghanistan despite the group’s denial.