American University blockade ends after 10 hours

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There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the attack on the university on the edge of Kabul.

12 people, including 7 students and 3 police and 2 security guards were killed and 30 wounded, after armed military attack in American University of Kabul. The cordon ended nearly 10 hours after the gunmen charged the complex, reported AP, quoting a senior police official.

Fraidoon Obaidi, chief of Kabul police’s Criminal Investigation Department, told AFP without giving any details said, “We have ended our clean-up operation. Two attackers were gunned down,”

While no any claim for attack on the University of Kabul, it was established in 2006 to offer liberal arts courses modeled on the US system, and has more than 1000 students currently enrolled. A police spokesman said that the identity of the attackers is still not clear.

An Afghan official said, “Several gunmen attacked the American University in Kabul and there are reports of gunfire and explosions,”

Ahmad Shaheer, a student at the university told, “They are inside the compound and there are foreign professors along with hundreds of students” via telephone that he was trapped inside the University.

“We are stuck inside our classroom and there are bursts of gunfire,” he said. Even though American University President also confirmed that alleged militants have attacked the campus.

Several gunman, some wearing suicide vest, were involved he said. Official said, “Several gunmen attacked the American University in Kabul and there are news of gunfire and explosions, they are inside the compound and there are professors along with 100 of students.”

This second incidence in the same month that university or its staff have been targeted, two teachers an American and an Australian were missing after being kidnap in the gunpoint from a road nearby on Aug 7.

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