This Article is From Aug 24, 2016

1 Student Killed, 14 Injured After Gunmen Attack Kabul University

1 Student Killed, 14 Injured After Gunmen Attack Kabul University

Security forces rush to respond to a Taliban attack on the campus of the American University in Kabul.

Kabul: At least one student was killed and 14 wounded when gunmen attacked the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul on Wednesday, the head of the city's hospitals, Mohammad Saleem Rasouly, told Reuters.

An interior ministry official and a student said that explosions and gunfire were reported inside the campus where foreign staff and hundreds of students were trapped,

The senior interior ministry official said elite Afghan forces had surrounded the university compound and gunfire was continuing. Early reports were that several gunmen, some wearing suicide vests, were involved, he said.

"Several gunmen attacked the American University in Kabul and there are reports of gunfire and explosions," the official said. "They are inside the compound and there are foreign professors along with hundreds of students."

Ahmad Shaheer, a student at the university, told Reuters by telephone that he was trapped inside the university.

"We are stuck inside our classroom and there are bursts of gunfire," he said.

It is the second time this month that the university or its staff have been targeted.

Two teachers, an American and an Australian, remain missing after being abducted at gunpoint from a road nearby on Aug. 7.
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