New Delhi: A loud explosion followed by heavy gunfire was heard at the American University of Afghanistan, reports say.
The attack happened at about 7pm local time on Wednesday in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul. According to locals and students, a large explosion occurred in front of the American University on Darulaman Road.
The regular classes were taking place when the gunmen entered the university and started firing. Student, who managed to escape said that the incident started with explosion and then gunfire.
"We're dealing with a complex attack inside the American University. Special forces en-route," a police commander in Kabul's rapid reaction force told media.
— ANI (@ANI_news) August 24, 2016
The attack comes two weeks after two university staff were kidnapped by some unknown gunmen.
Here are the live updates:
* Unconfirmed reports indicate about 100 students and staff escaped but many trapped inside - some locked down in safe rooms.
* Afghan security forces keep watch at the site of attack in Afghanistan.
* At least 2 killed, 5 injured at American University in Afghanistan; shooting has stopped, police source says
* Pulitzer Prize-winning Associated Press photographer Massoud Hossaini has been tweeting that he is trapped inside along with others.
Help we are stuck inside AUAF and shooting flollowed by Explo this maybe my last tweets
— Massoud Hossaini (@Massoud151) August 24, 2016
* Afghan Crisis Response Unit (CRU) is in premises now. Kabul police and Special Forces have surrounded the American university: Afghan Media
* Student who managed to escape said the incident started with explosion and then gunfire. Students and lecturers are still trapped inside.
* Witnesses say they heard gunshots, then a blast, and many believe it was the gate blown open, letting the attackers inside.
— Abdulhaq Omeri (@AbdulhaqOmeri) August 24, 2016
* Attackers have infiltrated the American University of Afghanistan
* Explosion heard in Kabul's Darul Aman road, the explosion happened near the American University of Afghanistan.