Breaking : Terror attack on American University in Kabul

Afghan security forces rush to respond to a complex Taliban attack on the campus of the American University in the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. “We are trying to assess the situation,” President Mark English told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Gunfire and explosions were reported at the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul, according to witnesses inside and around the building.

KABUL:  Explosions and gunfire rocked the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul, an official and students trapped inside classrooms told news agency AFP, as the complex came under a militant attack.

“I heard explosions and gunfire is going on close by… out class is filled with smoke and dust,” a desperate student told AFP by telephone.

“We are stuck inside and very afraid.”

Many other trapped students were tweeting desperate messages for help. Among them was Associated Press photojournalist and Pulitzer Prize winner Massoud Hossaini.

No militant group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack, which comes as the Taliban step up their summer fighting season against the Western-backed Kabul government.

The attack comes after two professors at the university — an American and Australian — were kidnapped in the heart of Kabul earlier this month, the latest in a series of abductions of foreigners in the conflict-torn country.

The management of the elite American University of Afghanistan, which opened in 2006 and enrols more than 1,700 students, was not immediately reachable for comment.

One Twitter user was able to show video of the scene around the university:

 

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