An attack on a university in Kabul ended in the early hours of Thursday morning with fifteen people dead, a police spokesman said.

Basir Mujahid said seven civilians and three attackers were among the dead and between 30 and 35 people were injured.

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Security forces surrounded the American University of Afghanistan on Wednesday after militants launched an attack at around 7pm local time.

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Faraidon Obaidi, head of Kabul’s police criminal investigation department, said there were only two attackers, both of whom were shot dead by security forces.

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Security forces were forced to move slowly in ending the attack because 700 students were on campus when it began, police said.