A large explosion and gunfire have been reported at the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul. The New York Times reported a large car bomb detonated outside of a school for the blind which is next to the university. A senior interior ministry official said “Several gunmen attacked the American University in Kabul and there are reports of gunfire and explosions. They are inside the compound and there are foreign professors along with hundreds of students.”- Reuters

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After the explosion an unknown number of gunmen reportedly began to fire on the university campus. Around 7 pm local time, Afghan security forces arrived at the scene and are still trying to get a hold of the situation. The US military is assisting the Afghan security forces in an advisory role.

University President Mark English told the Associated Press that security forces had arrived on the scene soon after the attack began around 7 p.m., adding, “We are trying to assess the situation.”- LA Times