At least 22 killed after gunmen storm Kabul University
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"Three attackers were involved. One of them blew up his explosives at the beginning, two were brought down by the security forces," interior ministry spokesman Tariq Arian told AFP.
Hamid Obaidi, a spokesman for the ministry of higher education, told AFP the attack started when government officials were arriving for the opening of an Iranian book fair organised at the campus.
Gunmen stormed the facility, sending hundreds fleeing and scrambling over walls of the campus as they tried to escape the firing, witnesses said.
Afghan security forces later surrounded the area, cordoning off all roads that led to the university, witnesses and an AFP correspondent reported.
"The attack is over, but sadly 19 people have been killed and 22 more wounded," interior spokesman Arian said on Twitter.
Students spoke of chaos and confusion.
"We were studying inside our classrooms when suddenly we heard a burst of gunfire inside the university," said Fraidoon Ahmadi, 23, adding that he and several other students were besieged for more than two hours before being rescued
"We were very scared and we thought it could be the last day of our lives... boys and girls were shouting, praying and crying for help."
About 800 students were in the social sciences faculty where he was studying.