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American University Of Afghanistan Says It Is Under Attack In Kabul

Wednesday 24 August 2016, by siawi3


August 24, 201612:17 PM ET

Camila Domonoske

Photo: Afghan security forces rush to respond to an attack on the campus of American University of Kabul on Wednesday. “We are trying to assess the situation,” President Mark English told The Associated Press. Rahmat Gul/AP

Gunfire and explosions have been reported at the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul, and the president of the university tells The Associated Press that a militant attack is underway.

“We are trying to assess the situation,” Mark English told the AP.

A police spokesman tells the news service that police and intelligence personnel are on site at the campus to respond to the situation.

An official from Afghanistan’s interior ministry tells Reuters that the university was attacked by “several gunmen.”

“They are inside the compound and there are foreign professors along with hundreds of students,” he says.

Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Massoud Hossaini tweeted “Help we are stuck” on campus, reporting the sounds of gunfire and explosions. “This maybe my last tweets,” he wrote.

The attack comes just a few weeks after two foreign professors were kidnapped at gunpoint near the school. They have not been located.

In 2014, two employees of the American University of Afghanistan were killed in an attack on a Kabul restaurant. The deaths shook a school that had been largely insulated from violence.

“From behind its fortified walls, the university has operated relatively unscathed since it opened in 2006,” NPR’s Jacki Lyden noted at the time. “It’s benefited from a huge infusion of cash from the United States which sees the campus as an incubator of talent and entrepreneurship.”

This is a developing story. Some things that get reported by the media will later turn out to be wrong. We will focus on reports from police officials and other authorities, credible news outlets and reporters who are at the scene. We will update as the situation develops.