KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 24 (UPI) — The American University of Afghanistan was attacked on Wednesday, school and police officials confirmed, though details were unclear.
A student at the school told NBC News that he and his friends heard gunfire. They began running to the cafeteria but a “massive explosion” threw them to the ground.
“We got up, and in the midst of dust … kept running to the back of the building and climbed the walls and jumped down on the street,” the student said, adding that he was on the way to a hospital after hurting his back and possibly fracturing his foot
University president Dr. Mark English confirmed an attack occurred. Police and special forces responded to the attack.
“We have been notified of a complex attack on the American University on Darul-Aman Road,” the commander of Kabul police’s quick reaction force told NBC News. “We still don’t know the exact nature of the attack.”
CBS News journalist Ahmad Mukhtar said he and his friends escaped but several others, including professors, remained inside the university located in Kabul.
Ejaz Malikzada, a political science graduate of the American University of Afghanistan, said he is receiving calls from friends stuck inside.
“Students need help. They are stuck inside classes,” Malikzada wrote on Twitter. “So far, AUAF was one of the best universities in Afghanistan, with a spirit of competing with other central Asian universities.”
Sigh of relief now. All students and staff of American University of Afghanistan are safe now.
— KAZEMI, Mustafa (@CombatJourno) August 24, 2016
Mujib Mashal, a writer for The New York Times, said that a reporter on the ground was told by police that a car bomb exploded. It is unclear who launched the attack or how many have been killed or wounded.
“An Afghan Special Forces Commander tells me: ‘we are moving slowly and carefully. A number of students and faculty inside,'” Bilal Sarwary, an Afghan journalist, wrote on Twitter.