#AceWorldNews – IRAQ (Ramadi) – Militants have stormed a university in the Iraqi city of Ramadi, briefly taking dozens of students and staff hostage before retreating under fire.
At least two people died in the attack, but officials said security forces were now back in control of the campus.
(The militants were said to be from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant)
Saturday’s attack was the third major assault by insurgents in as many days following raids on Mosul in the north and the central city of Samarra.
Police said militants had infiltrated the campus in the early hours from the neighbouring al-Tasha district, blowing up a bridge to the university’s main gate.
Security personnel sealed off the campus and one Agence France-Presse reporter said special forces had led an assault.
One student, Ahmed al-Mehamdi, told the Associated Press news agency by telephone that he awoke to gunfire and saw armed men running across the campus.
The gunmen entered the dormitory and told everybody to stay in their rooms. Some students were taken to other buildings, he said, but others were trapped and “in panic”.
He said the gunmen had said they belonged to ISIS, a Sunni group which grew out of al-Qaeda’s Iraqi operation.
Later, he told AP he had managed to escape, and that “this crisis ended almost peacefully and no student was hurt as far as I know”.
BBC – AP