Students from an Afghan-Turk school in Kabul claim that security forces raided the school and entered girls’ hostel on Tuesday evening.
Security Forces Detain Four Afghan-Turk School Teachers
Afghan security forces raided an Afghan-Turk female high school in Taimani area in Kabul on Tuesday evening and surrounded the school for at least three hours, students claimed.
The students and their parents claimed that the security forces then entered the girls’ hostel.
The students said they were scared after seeing security forces at the school.
“It is an aggression, it is the violation of people’s privacy. A Muslim and an Afghan will never do this,” said Sumayya, a student.
“When I came here, everyone said security forces have entered the school. It is very bad to enter girls’ dormitory at night,” Mursal, a student, said.
“Our parents have sent us here to learn something. What is going on and what are (security forces) they doing here?” asked Nargis, a student of the high school.
Parents of the students slammed security forces over entering the school. They said it is an illegal act against civilians.
“The National Directorate of Security operatives detained four teachers today (Tuesday) morning, who were on their way to an Afghan-Turk high school. We were informed that they were kidnapped. We thought the country’s enemies may have abducted them, but later we found out that the officers of the National Directorate Security have detained them,” said Yusuf Pashtun, member of the Afghan-Turk students’ parents association.
“How they (security forces) entered a civilian compound and the girls’ hostel while they did not have any order from the court? This is illegal,” Sediqullah Tawhidi, another member of the association, said.
Hours after the incident, the Afghan-Turk High School, without pointing out to the security forces’ raid on the school, in a statement said four teachers of the school, including three Turkish and one Afghan nationals, are missing.
The statement said the teachers were on their way to Afghan-Turk High School in Shah-e-Do Shamshira area, in the center of Kabul City, and then they were disappeared.
The raid comes after months of deliberations over closure of several Afghan-Turk schools that Ankara believes are run by pro-Gulen institutions.
A former Afghan security official who wished not to be named said he believed the teachers might be extradited to Turkey even though the two countries have no extradition agreement.
The incident came hours after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani left for Istanbul, Turkey, to attend the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Summit.
Following an unsuccessful cope last year, the Turkish government asked Kabul to handover the leadership of Afghan-Turk schools to government of Turkey.
Turkish government claims that these schools are led by Fethullah Gulen, who the Turkish government says was behind the military cope.
Officials of Afghan-Turk schools and students’ families however have rejected these claims.