“The American University of Afghanistan has temporarily suspended operations in the wake of the despicable terrorist attack on the University. However, the University has already started the process to repair the damage caused by the attack so that the campus can reopen. Security has always been of the utmost importance to the university and we will be working with the Afghan government and others to improve security. Although we do not have an exact date at this time as to when operations will resume, we will update the website www.auaf.edu.af to keep the community apprised of the current status.
Rumors that the University will close are completely untrue. AUAF is dedicated to its educational mission in service to Afghanistan and has no intention of giving into terror. As our faculty member Naqib Ahmad Khpulwak, who was killed in this attack, had said, those who care about the future of Afghanistan cannot back down to insurgents and criminals who threaten a future of possibility. Our firm resolve is to move forward.
The deaths of the students, staff and security forces in this attack represent not only a loss to their families, friends, and AUAF, but a loss to Afghanistan. The University is grateful for the heartfelt outpouring of support and prayers we have received in this troubled time from so many sources, including the Afghan and United States governments, other universities, various groups and individuals around the world, and the families and friends of those who were killed or injured who urge us to continue our work in memory of those who are no longer with us.”