Afghanistan police say at least 10 people are dead and more than 37 wounded after a nearly 10-hour long attack on the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul ended Thursday.


The dead include seven students, two police officers and a security guard. A foreign teacher was among the injured, Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said. More than 700 staff and students were rescued after being trapped inside the university complex, Kabul Police Chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi added.


The attack began with an explosion around 6:30 pm Wednesday local time and set off about an hour of gunfire as security forces responded. Officials described the assault as a "complex attack." Police officials said at least two attackers had been killed.


One student trapped on campus told Reuters news agency by phone that he was holed up inside a classroom with some other people. He said they were hearing bursts of gunfire outside.


A student who escaped, Massoud Hossaini, told the Associated Press that he, too, had been trapped with some other students in a classroom, where they barricaded themselves inside by pushing chairs and desks against the door. He said they eventually managed to escape through the university's northern emergency gate.


There are no claims of responsibility from militant groups. The U.S. State Department condemned the violence and called it an "attack on the future of Afghanistan."




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