Law professor is among those killed in attack on American University of Afghanistan

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An assistant law professor at American University of Afghanistan was among those killed in an attack late Wednesday that claimed the lives of at least 13 people.

The attack on the school in Kabul ended early Thursday, about 10 hours after it began, report the New York Times and Al Jazeera. Two gunmen had gained entrance to the school after a suicide bomber disrupted security. Afghan special forces cut off electricity to the school, evacuated students, and shot and killed the gunmen.

Among those who died was Naqib Ahmad Khpulwak, an assistant professor of law who had studied at Stanford Law School and Old Dominion University, according to Al Jazeera. He had recently completed a master’s degree in the United States through the Fulbright program, according to the New York Times.

His brother, Masoud Ahmad, told Al Jazeera that “losing people like Naqib is a big loss to this country, to us.” He said his brother was highly educated and he had returned to Afghanistan because he wanted to educate the people of his country.

Others who died included seven students, three police officers, and three guards, according to a spokesperson for the Kabul police. Dozens of others were wounded.

The university taught classes in English to both men and women, and was “a prestigious choice for some of Afghanistan’s brightest students,” the New York Times says.

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