Armed men attack the university in Kabul. There are hours of fighting. And countless deaths and injuries.
At least 19 people were killed and 22 others injured in an attack on the grounds of Kabul University, according to the Afghan Interior Ministry. According to the information, three gunmen stormed the area and fought a six-hour shootout with elite Afghan units. The mission continues, he said.
Long skirmishes with Afghan security forces
According to eyewitness accounts, the attackers entered the campus in military uniforms and then fought for hours in one of the faculties with the Afghan security forces. Helicopters could be seen across campus. Explosions and gunfire could also be heard.
According to a US military official, Afghan security forces were supported by the NATO-led Resolute Support mission. At first there were no further details. According to eyewitness accounts, hundreds of students, professors and administrative staff have fled the building. Hundreds of people were taken to safety by security forces.
The Afghan government has been talking to the militant Islamist Taliban about peace since September, but the conflict in the country continues with much violence. A week ago, 24 school children died and almost 60 were injured in a suicide attack by the Islamic State (IS) terror group in Kabul.