A loud explosion and heavy gunfire has reportedly been heard outside a major university.The attack began at around 7pm local time when huge explosions were heard in front of the American University in the Afghan capital Kabul. Eyewitnesses say several people have been killed and injured after the armed men stormed the campus and opened fire.
Afghanistan’s 1TV news reported that there were “multiple” dead and wounded on campus. The channel also said eyewitness reports claiming that some of the attackers may have entered Noor Hospital, located next door to the educational facility.
Students were in class when the attack happened, with some taking to Twitter as the shooting continued. Massoud Hossaini, a photography student apparently trapped in the building, wrote: “Help we are stuck inside. These may be my last tweets.”
Government forces are en route. An interior ministry official said: “Several gunmen attacked the American University in Kabul and there are reports of gunfire and explosions. They are inside the compound and there are foreign professors along with hundreds of students.”