Published On : Thu, Aug 25th, 2016

Thirteen dead in Kabul university raid

_90911599_f674f4a6-7ed8-4034-a3fe-d20b190bdd58Thirteen people, including seven students, died in an attack by gunmen on the American University in the Afghan capital Kabul, police say.

Two attackers were also shot dead by security forces nearly 10 hours after the assault began with an explosion on Wednesday evening.

Students and staff were trapped inside the university during the attack, which police said was now over.

No group has so far claimed responsibility.

The victims also included three police and three guards. Thirty-five students and nine police were injured and about 750 students and staff were rescued, Kabul police chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi told the BBC.

Police had described the attack, which began at about 19:00 local time (14:30 GMT), as “complex”. Special forces were on the scene along with American military advisers.

One of those trapped inside the university for several hours was Massoud Hossaini, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, who tweeted his experience and pleaded for help.

The attack comes two weeks after two university staff – one American, one Australian – were kidnapped by unknown gunmen.

Their whereabouts remain unknown.

The American university, which first opened its doors to students in 2005, is a non-profit private university chartered in the US.

It offers English courses, adult professional qualifications and bachelor degree programmes, among others.

About 1,700 students are enrolled; many are adults who study part-time and also have jobs.

Source – BBC

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