Students Barricade In Kabul’s American University As Gunmen Open Fire

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By Mirwais Harooni and Hamid Shalizi

KABUL – Afghan security forces combed the American University in Kabul in the early hours of Thursday for thought shooters who may be still at big, following an attack on the substance that sent out trainees getting away in panic.

The attack at around 6:30 p.m. regional time (10 a.m. ET) on Wednesday started with a big surge that authorities stated was an automobile bomb followed by shooting, as thought militants fought into the complex where foreign personnel and lots of students were working.

Details of casualties are still limited, however a single person, supposedly a guard, was eliminated and a minimum of 14 trainees were injured. It was unclear whether immigrants were amongst those injured.

Elite Afghan forces surrounded the walled substance and ultimately worked their method inside, according to a senior interior ministry authorities.

The ministry’ s spokesperson, Sediq Sediqqi, stated late on Wednesday that 2 shooters were concealing in the university structure.

Early on Thursday, Kabul police chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi informed Reuters that the location was peaceful which security forces were seeking to eliminate any staying shooters.

“ We are inside structures and a clearance operation is continuous. We do unknown if any enemy or aggressors are still alive.”

He decreased to speak even more, stating the light from his mobile phone might make him a target for any assaulters at big.

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An injured individual is dealt with in an ambulance after a complicated Taliban attack on the school of the American University in the Afghan capital Kabul.

DESPERATE ESCAPES

Terrified trainees stated barricading themselves in class or leaping from the 2nd flooring in order to get away. A lot of appeared to have actually escaped.

“ Many trainees leapt from the 2nd flooring, some broke their legs and some harm their head aiming to get away, ” Abdullah Fahimi, a trainee who left, informed Reuters. He hurt his ankle making the leap.

“ We remained in the class when we heard a loud surge followed by shooting. It was extremely close. Some trainees were sobbing, others were shrieking.”

Ahmad Mukhtar, who likewise got away, stated the shooters had actually entered the university structures regardless of security procedures consisting of armed guards and watchtowers.

“ I completed my class and will leave when I heard a couple of gunshots and a big surge, followed by more shooting, ” he stated. “ I ran towards the fire escape with other trainees, climbed up the wall and leapt outside.”

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Islamist militant groups, generally the Afghan Taliban and a regional spin-off of Islamic State, have actually declared a string of current bomb attacks focused on destabilizing the nation and falling the Western-backed federal government of President Ashraf Ghani.

No one has actually taken duty for the university raid.

It was the 2nd time this month that the university or its personnel had actually been targeted.

Two instructors, an American and an Australian, stay missing after being abducted at gunpoint from a roadway close by on Aug. 7.

The American University of Afghanistan has about 1,700 trainees and markets itself as the nation ’ s just not-for-profit, “ non-partisan ”, co-educational university.

It opened in 2006 and accommodates part-time and full-time trainees.

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Taliban insurgents manage big swathes of Afghanistan, and regional militaries are having a hard time to include them, particularly in the provinces of Helmand to the south and Kunduz to the north.

NATO ended its fight objective in December 2014, however countless soldiers stay to help and train Afghan forces, while a number of thousand more U.S. soldiers are taken part in a different objective concentrating on al Qaeda and Islamic State.

The United States stated it was carefully keeping an eye on the scenario in Kabul following the university attack, which forces from the U.S.-led union were associated with the reaction in a help and recommend function. State Department spokesperson Elizabeth Trudeau stated the United States Embassy was working to represent all its workers and to find and help any U.S. residents impacted by the attack.( Additional reporting by Ayesha Rascoe, Susan Heavey and Arshad Mohammed in WASHINGTON; Writing by Mike Collett-White; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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