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Afghan security forces have shot dead two gunmen who attacked the American University in the capital, Kabul.
One person, reportedly a guard, died and at least 20 were injured in an assault by militants that began with a huge blast on Wednesday evening.
Students and staff were trapped inside the building as security forces searched for attackers, but police said the operation was now over.
No group has so far claimed responsibility.
Police had described the attack, which began at about 19:00 local time (14:30 GMT), as "complex". Special forces were on the scene along with American military advisers.
Fraidoon Obaidi, chief of Kabul police's Criminal Investigation Department, told AFP on Thursday morning: "We have ended our clean-up operation. Two attackers were gunned down."
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.
He later managed to escape and told the Associated Press news agency about the attack, which began with an explosion as he was in a classroom with 15 students.
"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," Mr Hossaini said, adding that he fell on the glass and cut his hands.
The students then barricaded themselves into the classroom. Mr Hossaini said at least two grenades were thrown into the classroom, wounding several classmates.
He and about nine students later managed to escape from the campus through an emergency gate.
"As we were running I saw someone lying on the ground face down, they looked like they had been shot in the back," he said.
Student Ahmad Mukhtar told the BBC that he was 100m (320ft) away from the university's main entrance on his way home when he heard "six or 10" shots and a "huge" blast.
The explosion created so much light that it momentarily lit up the surrounding area, he said.
"I climbed a six-metre wall to escape," Ahmad said.
Other trapped students and staff tweeted or posted on Facebook their desperate pleas for help.
The attack comes two weeks after two university staff - one American, one Australian - were kidnapped by unknown gunmen. Their whereabouts remain unknown.
The 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.