Terror Attack at American University of Afghanistan Leaves at least 10 Dead

Terror Attack at American University of Afghanistan Leaves at least 10 Dead

Terror Attack at American University of Afghanistan Leaves at least 10 Dead

Gunmen have attacked the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul leaving 13 people dead including an academic and seven students, according to reports.

Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said at least seven students, two police officers and a security guard were among the dead at the college in the capital Kabul, according to the Associated Press.

Several gunmen have attacked the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul, an Afghan interior ministry official and several students on campus said.

The American University of Afghanistan was founded in 2006, with United States funds, and has more than two thousand students, as reported by its website.

The attack on the university ended on Thursday, almost 10 hours after militants stormed the complex. A State Department spokeswoman, Elizabeth Trudeau, said Wednesday that the department is working to locate and assist USA citizens affected by the attack.

The management of the elite American University of Afghanistan, which opened in 2006 and enrols more than 1,700 students, was not immediately reachable for comment.

Afghan security forces rush to respond to a complex Taliban attack on the campus of the American University in the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016.

He said that we are stuck inside our classroom and we can easily hear the sound of gunfire.

All other personnel on the campus were being evacuated, he said. "I myself started crying when I heard the gunfire and how it was close to me".

No group has said it carried out the attack. Among them was Associated Press photojournalist and Pulitzer Prize victor Massoud Hossaini.

Massoud Hossaini, 34, said he was shot at by a person wearing "normal clothes" while he tried to see what was going outside through a window. "He shot at me and shattered the glass", Hossaini said.

DESPERATE ESCAPES Terrified students recounted barricading themselves in classrooms or jumping from the second floor in order to escape.

Hossaini and about nine students later escaped from the campus through an emergency gate. Our embassy in Kabul, as well as our North Atlantic Treaty Organisation counterparts of the Resolute Support Mission, are closely monitoring the situation as we are.

"We are a beacon, I think, of hope for many Afghan youth".

His brother, Masoud Ahmad, told Al Jazeera that "losing people like Naqib is a big loss to this country, to us".

The AP later reported that he was safe and had escaped from the school.

"We will rebuild and we will reorganize and we will restart and we will not be deterred".

No group has taken credit for the attack, which came less than three weeks after Australian and American faculty members were kidnapped by men dressed in Afghan National Police uniforms. Foreign professors teach there. They have not been located.

Two gunmen breached the university on Wednesday evening and trapped students and staff with the university. The deaths shook a school that had been largely insulated from violence.

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