12-Hour Attack On American University Finally Ends

August 25, 2016Aug 25, 2016

A 12-hour siege on the American University of Afghanistan has left 13 people dead and 36 people injured.

According to Fox News, the attack in Kabul began with a car bomb detonation and then turned into a mass shooting. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Taliban have been suspected.

Some students were able to flee soon after the attack began but were injured in the process.

Student Abdullah Fahimi describes, "Many students jumped from the second floor, some broke their legs and some hurt their head trying to escape."

Other students and staff members barricaded themselves in classrooms but were attacked through the windows by bullets and hand grenades. As far as authorities can tell, no Americans were among the killed or injured.

Two weeks ago, gunmen kidnapped an American and an Australian professor from the U.S.-modeled university, suggesting that it's become a big target. The kidnapping victims are still missing.

The American University of Afghanistan is the country's first private campus and was visited by First Lady Laura Bush before it opened in 2006. The university was originally chartered in Delaware and has been funded largely by the United States Agency for International Development.

U.S. military forces assisted the Afghan military in subduing the attack.