TOTAL TERROR TAKEOVER | KABUL’S AMERICAN UNIVERSITY AT WAR: “We are stuck in university and under attack by taliban they are killing us.”
The American University of Afghanistan in the capital Kabul is under attack by militants with explosions and gunfire reported inside the campus where American staff and hundreds of students were trapped, an interior ministry official and a student said.
A huge plume of smoke was seen rising above the campus on Wednesday night as elite Afghan forces surrounded the university compound and firearm exchanges continuing.
Early reports were that several gunmen, some wearing suicide vests, were involved, the official said.
Police spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said security forces have rushed to respond to the attack (which began at 9.30am ET), while ambulances are ferrying the injured away. Many inside managed to escape the onslaught of gunfire through emergency exits.
Teachers and students still inside the university are sheltering in place while security forces engage in a furious gun battle with militants inside, with many pupils taking to Twitter to plead for help.
According to one student, several of his classmates have been killed and wounded, while a number of professors and were trapped while fighting continues.
Another student posted on Facebook: ‘We are stuck in university and under attack by taliban they are killing us.
Renowned Associated Press photographer, Massoud Hossaini was one of those caught in the crossfire, but later managed to escape.