KABUL: At least four people were wounded during an attack Monday at an educational institute in the capital of Afghanistan, the country’s public health ministry said, as per local media, after explosion and gunshots were heard at the varsity.
Masooma Jafari, deputy spokeswoman for the health ministry, told AFP four people had been taken to hospital but casualties could increase.
Students of the Kabul University escaped a compound, with many climbing the boundary walls, after at least three assailants stormed the varsity, Tolo News said, citing sources, with the attack coming as several senior government officials were expected to attend the opening of an Iranian book fair.
Authorities have reached the attack scene, cordoning off the area and blocking all roads towards the university.
Eyewitnesses said teachers and students have exited the compound.
‘A burst of gunfire’
“Gunshots are being heard from inside the university,” Hamid Obaidi, a spokesperson for the ministry of higher education, told AFP, adding that the students were being evacuated from the building, he said.
The students who witnessed the attack spoke of chaos and confusion as gunfire erupted. “We were studying inside our classrooms when suddenly we heard a burst of gunfire inside the university,” said Fraidoon Ahmadi, 23.
“Some university students have fled… it is chaotic and students are terrified,” he added.
The ministry of interior confirmed gunshots were heard at the university and that police had been deployed.
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