Twelve killed in Kabul American University attack

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Afghan security personnel walk near the site following the militants' raid that targeted the elite American University of Afghanistan, in Kabul on August 25, 2016. At least nine people were killed after militants stormed the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul, officials said, in a nearly 10-hour raid that prompted anguished pleas for help from trapped students. / AFP / WAKIL KOHSAR (Photo credit should read WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Twelve people including seven students, three policemen and two security guards were killed in the attack on the American University of Afghanistan, Basir Mujahid, spokesman for the Chief of Kabul Police tells CNN.

Police searched the university campus early Thursday morning and killed two attackers who stormed the campus with guns and explosives.

Around 750 students were in the university at the time of the attack, Mujahid said. The attack happened in the evening when they were having dinner. Students heard a blast and gunshots.

Fires were burning on the campus, said Tarek Mahjari, a reporter for Tolo News who reported the details in a phone interview with his employer.