>> A bomb blast paired with gunfire as the sun set in Afghanistan Wednesday. Twelve dead and many more wounded in a siege on Kabul's American University. Hundreds of students fleeing in panic. Others, along with foreign staff, trapped and terrified inside campus. Elite Afghan forces surrounded the compound after militants battled their way in.
The attack finally ending before dawn after security forces killed two gunmen. As Reuters Hamid Shalizi reports, the attackers completely bypassed university guards.>> Although there was proper security measures in place with two strong security doors, scanners and watch towers. The attackers managed to knock down one of the walls adjacent to the university building and two gunman went inside and started attacking the students in a three story building.
>> Police say around 500 students were rescued, many having barricaded themselves in classrooms or jumped from second story windows to escape. Some even breaking their legs in the process. Locals say there's little doubt who masterminded the attack.>> There is no claim of responsibility from any militant groups operating in Afghanistan but many Afghans, they blame Taliban for the attack, saying that their aim is to sabotage any academic institutions in the country.
>> The Taliban and a local Islamic State offshoot have claimed a string of atrocities in Afghanistan over the past few years. It's the second time this month the University or it's staff have been targeted. Two teachers, an American and Australian are still missing after they were abducted at gunpoint from a nearby road two weeks ago.