An overnight assault on the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul ended with at least 13 people killed and dozens wounded, after a 10-hour siege in which trapped students hid in terror as gunmen stalked the halls.
Abdul Basir Mujahid, a spokesman for the Kabul police, said two gunmen had made it past the university’s security after another attacker, a suicide bomber, detonated explosives in a vehicle to clear an entrance.
Seven students, three police officers, two university guards and one guard who worked for a school for the blind, just next door to the university, were among the dead, Mr. Mujahid said. Thirty others were wounded, he said. The bomber and both gunmen were also killed.
Khawaja Qamaruddin Sediqi, an adviser at the Afghan Ministry of Health, provided slightly different figures, saying that 14 people had been killed and nearly 50 others wounded.
President Ashraf Ghani condemned the attack as “barbaric” and described it as an act of enmity against progress and development.
“Terrorists and their sponsors should know that the people and government of Afghanistan will continue on the path that they have chosen despite the hardships,” Mr. Ghani said in a statement. “Attacking educational institutions and public places and targeting civilians will not only fail to shake our determination, but will further strengthen it to fight and eradicate terror.”