Kabul attack: Gunfire and blast rock American University

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Afghan security forces rush to respond to a Taliban attack on the campus of the American University in the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday, 24 Aug 2016Image copyrightAP
Image captionAfghan forces rushed to the scene after the blast and gunfire were heard

Gunfire and an explosion have been heard at the American University in the Afghan capital, Kabul, police say.

Gunmen are believed to have attacked the building and special forces have been deployed.

The emergency hospital said they had received five injured people from the scene so far.

Student Ahmad Mukhtar told the BBC that he was 100m (320ft) away from the university’s main entrance when he heard several shots and a big blast.

The explosion created so much light that it momentarily lit up the surrounding area, he said.

Then there were was more firing inside the campus. He added that he also heard students shouting.

Another student told AFP news agency he was stuck inside his class with other students.

“I heard explosions and gunfire is going on close by,” he said by telephone.

A wounded person is treated in an ambulance after a Taliban attack on the campus of the American University in the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday, 24 August 2016Image copyrightAP
Image captionEmergency personnel evacuated the wounded
A file image of the American university of Afghanistan (AUEF), in Kabul, Afghanistan, taken on 8 August 2016Image copyrightEPA
Image captionAn image of the university from earlier in August shows its fortified perimeter

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