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American University in Kabul starts repair work after attack

Associated Press Associated Press 26/08/2016
Afghan security forces stand guard after an attack on the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. The attack has ended, a senior police officer said Thursday, after several people were killed. Kabul police Chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi said the dead included one guard, and that about 700 students had been rescued. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul) © The Associated Press Afghan security forces stand guard after an attack on the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. The attack has ended, a senior police officer said Thursday, after several people were killed. Kabul police Chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi said the dead included one guard, and that about 700 students had been rescued. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

KABUL, Afghanistan — After a deadly attack this week, the American University of Afghanistan says it has started repair work at its sprawling campus on the edge of Kabul.

A statement posted Friday on its website says the campus is closed and all work "temporarily suspended" but that security is being put in place so the campus can reopen soon. It says "rumors" of it is closing are untrue.

The university lost at least seven students and a professor in the militant attack Wednesday night, when a suicide bomber detonated his vehicle at the campus gates while two militants stormed the grounds, gunning down students.

At least 13 people died and more than 40 were wounded.

The university has about 1,000 students. No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack.

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