A car bomb was just the beginning of the attack. The battle for control of the University campus is ongoing.
The terror attack began on Wednesday night, just outside the main gate of the walled compound, despite armed guards and a lookout tower. The attack is characterized as a ‘complex’.
A car bomb exploded outside a school for the blind next door to the university. Explosives were then used on the main gate, and the militants, wearing suicide vests, entered the facility. Students and teachers were in classes at the time.
Reports say at least 1 dead and are 26 injured, many of whom may be women, as they comprised 40% of the liberal arts university’s student body.
Afghan special forces are engaged in a fierce battle to clear the American University in Kabul of militants after at least one person was killed and at least one US citizen injured when armed gunmen stormed the campus on Wednesday night.
Eight hours after terrorists wearing suicide vests detonated car bombs at the entrance to the heavily fortified co-educational facility, Afghan anti-terror squads have not yet called an end to their operations.
Authorities have admitted they do not know how many attackers were still left in pockets around the campus, nor how many civilians might still be trapped, injured or dead.
Read more: Daily Mail
A Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, Massoud Hossaini, was trapped in the facility and was live tweeting updates:
Elite Afghan troops are systematically clearing the campus.
Ongoing reports say that more militants could still be in the facility.