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American University siege ends as Afghan forces gun down attackers, 12 dead

There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the attack on the university on the edge of Kabul.

By: Express Web Desk | Kabul | Updated: August 25, 2016 8:59 am
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Twelve people, including seven students, three police and two security guards,were killed and 30 injured after armed militants attack American University in Kabul. The siege ended nearly 10 hours after the gunmen stormed the complex, reported AP, quoting a senior police official.

“We have ended our clean-up operation. Two attackers were gunned down,” Fraidoon Obaidi, chief of Kabul police’s Criminal Investigation Department, told AFP without offering any details on the casualties.

However, there were no immediate claims of responsibility for the attack on the university on the edge of Kabul. It was established in 2006 to offer liberal arts courses modeled on the US system, and has more than 1,000 students currently enrolled.

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A police spokesman said that the identity of the attackers is still not clear.

“Several gunmen attacked the American University in Kabul and there are reports of gunfire and explosions,” an Afghan official said. “They are inside the compound and there are foreign professors along with hundreds of students.” Ahmad Shaheer, a student at the university, told Reuters by telephone that he was trapped inside the university.

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“We are stuck inside our classroom and there are bursts of gunfire,” he said. Meanwhile, American University President also confirmed that suspected militants have attacked the campus.

Early reports were that several gunmen, some wearing suicide vests, were involved, he said. “Several gunmen attacked the American University in Kabul and there are reports of gunfire and explosions,” the official said. “They are inside the compound and there are foreign professors along with hundreds of students.”

It is the second time this month that the university or its staff have been targeted. Two teachers, an American and an Australian, remain missing after being abducted at gunpoint from a road nearby on Aug. 7

(With inputs from Reuters and AFP)

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    Yakobi
    Aug 24, 2016 at 7:56 pm
    A answer to hind crime of hind uism terrorism of occupation by the hin dus terrorist of the west and east, Afghans have no less right to live free like any one else, according to their own wishes, one can not be choosy, if Afghans fighting Americans and their hin du criminal cronies are terrorist, they will have to admit, heroes of ear of American independence were nothing else, but terrorist.
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      Yakobi
      Aug 24, 2016 at 8:15 pm
      Absolutely wrong, no one is in hindrance to truth, a h indu terrorist, but hin dus terrorist by faith, believers of hind uism terrorism as their way of life.
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        Yakobi
        Aug 24, 2016 at 7:58 pm
        hin dus terrorist deserve nothing less but, more of hin duism terrorism, to eradicate hind crime of hind uism racism by faith and hindus terrorist by faith.
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          Yakobi
          Aug 24, 2016 at 8:18 pm
          hind uism terrorism deserve nothing else but , its antidote, hind uism terrorism in kind. and a hin du terrorist by faith understands no other language but language of hindu ism terrorism, DISPENSE THEM MORE OF IT.
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            Khalid
            Aug 24, 2016 at 7:50 pm
            Its also muslim countries are occupied.. Kashmir, palestine. If non Uno issue as east timor can be free, as south sudan a non uno issue can be free.. Why not muslim nations. There is question of dobbel standards. Do not worry, we aregoing through a dark road, but ghere will be light a head and banias like you will not find place to hide
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