Attack on Kabul’s American University ends as attackers killed

An attack at the American University in Kabul ended after two attackers were killed, police said early Thursday, nearly 10 hours after militants stormed the complex, prompting desperate pleas for help from trapped students.

The attack triggered explosions and gunfire, killing at least one person and wounding 26 others in an assault which comes just weeks after two university professors — an American and an Australian — were kidnapped at gunpoint near the school.

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

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Local media reported that hundreds of students had been rescued during the overnight operation, many of whom tweeted desperate messages for help, with some using classroom furniture to barricade the doors.

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The attack started on Wednesday evening, when the private university is usually packed with students, many of them working professionals doing part-time courses.


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