Kabul American University Attack Leaves 15 Dead, Scores Wounded

تم نشره في Thu 25 August / Aug 2016. 12:00 AM
  • Afghani security personnel on site - (Fox News)

AMMAN — Fifteen people, including seven students, were killed in an attack on the American University in Kabul that sent hundreds of students fleeing in panic, police said early on Thursday.

Before the assault ended two gunmen were shot dead, the police added.

The attack began at around 6:30 p.m. local time (1400 GMT) on Wednesday with a large explosion. Officials said the explosion was a car bomb followed by gunfire, as suspected militants battled into the complex where foreign staff and pupils were working.

Kabul police chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi said seven students, told Reuters that three policemen and two security guards were killed during the attack, the second incident involving the university this month.

No one has taken responsibility for the university raid.

Fraidoon Obaidi, chief of the Kabul police Criminal Investigation Department, told Reuters that police had evacuated between 700 and 750 students from the university, which is popular with Afghanistan's elite.

The American University of Afghanistan has about 1,700 students and advertises itself as the country's only not-for-profit, "non-partisan", co-educational university. It opened in 2006 and caters to full-time and part-time students.