Explosions and gunfire rang out as militants stormed the elite American University of Afghanistan in Kabul Wednesday, prompting desperate calls for help from students trapped inside classrooms, in the latest attack in the Afghan capital. At least one person was killed and 26 others were wounded in the assault, which comes just weeks after two university professors -- an American and an Australian -- were kidnapped at gunpoint near the school. Dozens of heavily-armed troops cordoned off the area after the attack started on Wednesday evening, when the private university is usually packed with students, many of them working professionals doing part-time courses.
US Vice President Joe Biden said on Wednesday that he understood the "intense feeling" in Turkey over the US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen whom Ankara accuses of masterminding the July 15 failed coup and wants to see extradited. Biden's one-day trip to Ankara was largely aimed at repairing damage to ties caused by the botched coup and Turkey's impatience over the failure of the US to rapidly surrender Gulen. Speaking at a news conference with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, Biden said work was continuing by US legal experts to evaluate the evidence produced by Turkey that needs to "be supplied to an American court" for an extradition.