Pakistan students pray for victims of airstrike in Kunduz

Pakistani religious students affiliated with various Islamic seminaries read Quran and pray for the victims of a deadly April 2, 2018 airstrike by Afghan forces in the Afghan province of Kunduz, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, April 11, 2018. An Afghan official said the airstrike was on a Taliban training camp in northern Afghanistan and killed at least 35 insurgents and wounded many more, while the Taliban said the airstrike hit a religious school during a graduation ceremony, killing dozens of civilians. Placard reads in part, "These innocent children." (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)
Pakistani religious students affiliated with various Islamic seminaries read Quran and pray for the victims of a deadly April 2, 2018 airstrike in the Afghan province of Kunduz, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, April 11, 2018. An Afghan official said the airstrike was on a Taliban training camp in northern Afghanistan and killed at least 35 insurgents and wounded many more, while the Taliban said the airstrike hit a religious school during a graduation ceremony, killing dozens of civilians. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)
A Pakistani religious student reads Quran and prays for the victims of a deadly April 2, 2018 airstrike by Afghan forces in the Afghan province of Kunduz, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, April 11, 2018. An Afghan official said the airstrike was on a Taliban training camp in northern Afghanistan and killed at least 35 insurgents and wounded many more, while the Taliban said the airstrike hit a religious school during a graduation ceremony, killing dozens of civilians.. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)
Pakistani religious students affiliated with various Islamic seminaries read Quran and pray for the victims of a deadly April 2, 2018 airstrike by Afghan forces in the Afghan province of Kunduz, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, April 11, 2018. An Afghan official said the airstrike was on a Taliban training camp in northern Afghanistan and killed at least 35 insurgents and wounded many more, while the Taliban said the airstrike hit a religious school during a graduation ceremony, killing dozens of civilians. Placard reads in part, "These innocent children." (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)
Pakistani religious students affiliated with various Islamic seminaries read Quran and pray for the victims of a deadly April 2, 2018 airstrike by Afghan forces in the Afghan province of Kunduz, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, April 11, 2018. An Afghan official said the airstrike was on a Taliban training camp in northern Afghanistan and killed at least 35 insurgents and wounded many more, while the Taliban said the airstrike hit a religious school during a graduation ceremony, killing dozens of civilians. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

ISLAMABAD — Students from Pakistan's religious seminaries have held a commemoration rally to pray for victims of an airstrike earlier this month in neighboring Afghanistan.

About 400 students gathered for the demonstration in Islamabad on Wednesday. They said they decided to hold the prayer service after seeing reports that madrassa students were among those killed in the April 2 strike.

Afghan officials say they targeted a Taliban training camp in the Dashti Archi district in northern Kunduz province. At least five civilians and 30 insurgents were reported killed. The Taliban claimed the strike hit a madrassa, or a religious school, during a graduation ceremony, killing dozens of civilians. 

The students at the Islamabad gathering said they had no direct knowledge of the Kunduz strike and only learned about it from media reports.

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