American University in Kabul under attack, at least 7 dead

PUBLISHED Wed, August 24, 2016 - 10:53am EDT
Credit: 1TVNews

Gunmen have opened fire inside the American University in the Afghan capital of Kabul, killing at least seven people and injuring dozens more, students and local officials say. It followed an explosion outside the complex. (more)

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The attack began at about 7 p.m. local time on Wednesday when a large explosion occurred in front of the American University on Darulaman Road. A number of gunmen then entered a university building and opened fire.

Classes were taking place at the university when the attack began, and students there reported being trapped inside as the shooting continued. Several witnesses reported seeing a number of victims - including deaths and injured - but exact figures are not yet available.

Police told Afghan journalist Bilal Sarwary that at least seven people were killed in the attack and 25 others have been injured. The officer added that at least 100 students had been able to escape from the university.

"We're dealing with a complex attack inside the American University. Special forces en-route," a police commander in Kabul's rapid reaction force told Sarwary. The attack was believed to be ongoing as of 9:20 p.m.

We're working to gather more information and will update as it becomes available.

The American University of Afghanistan first opened in 2006 and is attended by more than 1,000 students. It is located along Darulaman Road in west Kabul.

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  Kabul, Afghanistan     





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