The attack on the American University in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul has ended but 12 people are dead. The deceased include seven students, three police and two security guards
Chief of Kabul Police CID Fraidoon Obaidi said that another 44, including 35 students, are injured.
An Afghan security force official walks before the American University compound after the end of the siege. AP
At least two terrorists attacked the compound on Wednesday evening at around 7.50 pm prompting a gunfight with security forces for around 10 hours. The two terrorists have been killed. Explosions were heard rocking the campus throughout the siege. The evening time is when most students are at the campus because they are working professionals doing part-time courses.
There were reportedly around 750 students in the campus at the time of the attack. They tried to defend themselves by barricading the doors and windows with desks and chairs.
Hundreds of students were rescued by the security forces involving the Afghan police and aided by NATO military advisers.
The survivors described the horror as being the worst they faced in their lives.
“It was very dark, (and) everyone was running. Everyone started screaming,” said Samin, who is a US citizen. “(It) was the scariest moment in my life. I was just thinking about my son and daughter who are in (the United States),” said Ahmad Samin, a chemistry teacher. Bilal Sawary, a journalist in Kabul, said several people told him that the attackers had maps and were drinking Red Bulls.
An injured man is taken to the hospital in an ambulance.
This attack follows close on the heels of the August 7 abduction of two university professors – an American and an Australian – at gunpoint near the school. Their whereabouts are unknown.
Though no one has claimed responsibility for the attack, the needle points at Taliban, which is ramping up its attacks on Afghan security forces and the government.
Among the injured was Associated Press photojournalist Massoud Hossaini. “We send our thoughts and prayers to the families of those killed and our heartfelt wishes for a speedy recovery to those wounded,” the US National Security Council said in a statement, strongly condemning the attack. The University opened in 2006 and has a capacity of 1700 students. Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the attack.
Afghanistan recently requested India to supply more military equipment to fight the Taliban and the threat posed by the Islamic State in the country.