The American University in Kabul, Afghanistan came under attack Wednesday, according to the American University president. Officials said one person killed and almost 20 injured. The firing stopped after about an hour.
Police described the attack as “complex.”
An official with the Ministry of Public Health, said a guard employed by the university had been killed and that the wounded included a foreign teacher.
University President Mark English told the Associated Press that security forces were on the scene immediately after the attack began.
Students barricaded themselves in classrooms and witnesses said they heard gunshots and explosions.
It was unknown how many students or staff members were inside or who the attackers were. Later, ambulances began arriving to take the wounded for treatment.
War correspondent Mustafa Kazemi tweeted:
An Associated Press photographer tweeted around 8 a.m. Arizona time that he was trapped inside.
Another journalist, CBS News’ Ahmad Mukhtar, got away safely.
Police spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said police and intelligence agency personnel were at the campus, on the western outskirts of Kabul. Initially, police believed there was just one assailant.
The attack comes two weeks after two university staffers were kidnapped from their car by unknown gunmen. Their whereabouts are still unknown.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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