bomb blast paired with gunfire as the sun set in Afghanistan Wednesday. Police say at least nine were killed 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 despite armed guards and watch towers.
The attack finally ending before dawn, after security forces killed two gunmen. Police say around 500 students were rescued, many having barricaded themselves in classrooms or jumped from second storey windows to escape. Some even breaking their legs in the process.>>
> After the second explosion happened we heard gunfire and I just lost it.
We have an emergency exit, that's how we escaped.>> The Taliban and a local Islamic State offshoot have claimed a string of atrocities in Afghanistan over the past few years, but it's not clear yet who may been behind Wednesday's attack. It's the second time this month the University or its staff have been targeted.
Two teachers, an American and Australian are still missing after they were abducted at gun point from a nearby road, two weeks ago.