15 Killed And More Wounded After Militants Attacked American University In Kabul.

Pakistan has today condemned the terrorist attack at an American University in Kabul which claimed over a dozen lives with many injured, after 10 hours of fighting. The militants launched a deadly attack in the school at 07:30 p.m. local time on Wednesday.

Afghan men walk towards an ambulance after they were rescued from the site of an attack at American University of Afghanistan in Kabul, Afghanistan August 24, 2016
(Photo: REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail)

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Afghan reports confirm that a hundred students were trapped inside classrooms amid shootings and an explosion on Wednesday, August 24.

According to a statement from Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry released on Thursday, 15 people including three attackers were killed and 36 others injured.

“We extend our profound condolences with the Government and the people of Afghanistan and the families of those who lost their loved ones in this brutal terrorist attack. We also pray for the speedy recovery of the wounded,” the Pakistani Foreign Ministry said.

A Foreign Ministry statement said Pakistan reiterates its condemnation of terrorism in all forms and manifestations.

Although no group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far, there are wide speculations that Taliban must be the mastermind.

The group’s spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid only told the media, however, that they were “investigating”, DW wrote.


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According to the report, Massoud Hossaini [an award winning Afghan photographer who witnessed the Wednesday attack firsthand] was interviewed.

DW: What could you tell us about the attack?

Massoud Hossaini: Right after the evening prayer, when the students were returning to their classrooms, we heard a loud explosion. Everyone panicked and started to run. I stopped them and told everyone to lie on the ground.

The blast had hit the wall between the university campus and the neighboring Cure Hospital. When I looked through our classroom window, I saw an armed man, who shot at me. Fortunately, I escaped unhurt.

Did you try to contact the police officials or the media?

Yes, I called the district police chief and Sediq Sediqi, the spokesman for the interior ministry, and informed them about the situation. They told me that help was on the way and that I should stay put. The operation against the militants lasted until five in the morning.

How did you get help?

We saw two policemen who approached us and guided us out. The ambulance arrived after almost 40 minutes. Until then, the security forces had not cleared the campus.

You said you saw one of the attackers. What can you tell us about him?

After the explosion, I rushed to the place of attack. There I saw an attacker who was wearing a pair of jeans and a red shirt. He tried to shoot at me, but he was slow as he was carrying heavy ammunition.

What information do you have about the casualties?

The government says that 13 people were killed in the attack. I think the death toll could be much higher because there were about 700 students inside the campus.


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