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'Complex Attack' Reported at American University in Kabul

By VOA News August 24, 2016

American University in Kabul came under attack by unknown militants Wednesday, and scores of students and teachers were trapped inside.

The number of attackers involved remained unclear. Officials described the assault as a "complex attack." Witnesses said they heard an explosion and gunfire on campus, and photographs showed smoke rising into the air.

There were no claims of responsibility for the assault. Danish journalist Sune Rasmussen, who spoke to VOA from outside the university, said security forces were still searching for the attacker.

Afghanistan's health ministry said at least 14 wounded people, including one woman, had been sent to local hospitals. Rasmussen said several people inside were believed to have been badly injured.

He also said some people escaped through a wall damaged by an explosion.

Ahmad Mukhtar, a journalist in Kabul, said he and his friends were among those who escaped.

Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Seddiqi told VOA that security forces were trying to rescue those inside the university.

A Pentagon spokesman told VOA there were a small number of U.S. advisers assisting their Afghan counterparts as they navigated the situation.

Earlier this month, an American professor and his Australian colleague were kidnapped at the school. No group claimed responsibility for the kidnapping, and the professors' whereabouts remain unknown.



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