13 dead, 39 wounded in American University attack
KABUL (Pajhwok): Thirteen people were killed and 39 others wounded after militants laced with bombs and guns stormed the Afghan American University in the Dar-ul-Aman locality of capital Kabul on Wednesday evening, causing panic on the campus.
The attack began at around 7:00pm when a suicide bomber crashed his explosives-laden car into the universitywall, paving the way for two other gunmen to enter the building, said Gen. Abdur Rahman Rahimi, head of the 101st Asmayee Police Zone.
The suicide bombing was followed by more explosions and gunfire. Scores of students and foreign staff were inside the varsity at the time of the attack. In the 10-hour clash, 13 people including seven students, three policemen and two guards were killed, Rahimi said.
He added 39 people, most of them students, were wounded, the police officer said. Thirty of the injured are students and nine police personnel. He said at least two women were among the fatalities.
Feroz Sherzai, one of the injured students, told Pajhwok Afghan News they heard a heavy explosion while attending classes. He explained most of the students were wounded by glass shards.
Massoud Hussaini, a photojournalist and student of the university, tweeted they were inside the university when a bomb exploded and then bursts of gunfire began.
While asking security forces to come to their rescue, Hussaini said he had been injured in the coordinated attack that came days after two foreign teachers of the university were kidnapped at gunpoint. The two are still missing.
Special forces reportedly reached the scene. Witnesses saw gunmen wearing suicide vests entering the university building. US military advisers are said to be with Afghan security forces at the university. They have been embedded with the Afghan units.
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