Reports of attack on American University in #Kabul. Exercise caution, avoid unnecessary movement in the area & monitor news for updates.
— Travel – State Dept (@TravelGov) August 24, 2016
Excerpted from ABC News: The American University of Afghanistan in Kabul is under assault, as security forces exchange gunfire with the attackers.
The number of students and professors inside are unknown, as is the identity of the attackers.
The U.S. State Department acknowledged reports of the attack on an official Twitter account.
“Reports of attack on American University in Kabul. Exercise caution, avoid unnecessary movement in the area & monitor news for updates,” the agency said.
Massoud Hossaini, a photographer for The Associated Press, tweeted that he is trapped inside.
“Help we are stuck inside AUAF and shooting flollowed [sic] by Explo this maybe my last tweets,” he wrote.
The attackers managed to enter Noor Hospital, adjacent to the school, according to eyewitnesses.
Two professors at the university — one American and one Australian — were abducted at gun point earlier this month.