Rabat - Twelve people were killed in an attack on a university in Kabul on Wednesday evening, a spokesman for the Chief of Kabul Police said.
Rabat – Twelve people were killed in an attack on a university in Kabul on Wednesday evening, a spokesman for the Chief of Kabul Police said.
Seven students, three policemen and two security guards were killed in the attack on the American University campus, Basir Mujahid, the spokesman said.
Around 750 students were on campus at the time, he added.
Police searched the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul early Thursday and killed two attackers who stormed the campus with guns and explosives, Fraidoon Obaidi, chief of Kabul police’s criminal investigation department said.
“We have ended our clean-up operation. Two attackers were gunned down,” Obaidi said about 10 hours after the assault began.
The gunmen detonated explosives and fired guns, witnesses said, causing some students and faculty to flee.
No group immediately claimed responsibility.
Despite its name, few Americans study at the school, a senior US State Department official said. The school is regarded as a symbol of cooperation between Afghanistan and the United States.
The school opened in 2006. It’s the only private, nonprofit coed university in the country and has about 1,700 full- and part-time students.
The blast occurred at 7:50 p.m., when students were gathering and eating together.