By Oladehinde Kehinde
Some gunmen reportedly killed seven students and six others in an attack.
The victims, including three police and three guards, were finished off when the attackers invaded the American University in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan.
Equally, thirty-five students and nine police were injured, while 750 people were evacuated to safety.
One of those trapped inside the university for several hours was Massoud Hossaini, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, who tweeted his experience and pleaded for help.
“I went to the window to see what was going on, and I saw a person in normal clothes outside. He shot at me and shattered the glass,” Hossaini told Associated Press.
Two of the attackers were also shot dead by security forces nearly 10 hours after the assault began on Wednesday evening.
Students and staff were trapped inside the university during the attack.
No group has so far claimed responsibility.
The American university, which first opened its doors to students in 2005, is a non-profit private university chartered in the US.
It offers English courses, adult professional qualifications and bachelor degree programmes, among others.
About 1,700 students are enrolled; many are adults who study part-time and also have jobs.