Explosion in Kabul – American University is targeted

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SHAFAQNA – Militants set off a car bomb and burst into the American University campus in Kabul on Wednesday evening, trapping hundreds of students and staff inside for several hours, as special forces attempted to retake control.

At least one person is dead, and 25 are injured, according to a statement from the country’s health ministry officials.

Chemistry professor Ahmad Samin was teaching a class Wednesday evening when assailants opened fire and detonated explosives on American University of Afghanistan in Kabul.

Quickly, the lights went out. “It was very dark, (and) everyone was running. Everyone started screaming,” said Samin, who is a U.S. citizen. “(It) was the scariest moment in my life. I was just thinking about my son and daughter who are in (the United States).”

Amid black smoke, he took off running with the students and other faculty, and “the smoke entered my mouth” as he fled, he said.
Details of the attack remain unclear. Officials haven’t provided any in-depth statements to Shafaqna. A police operation was set to begin to search for any attackers on the property, according to Interior Ministry spokesman Siddiq Siddiqui.

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