Kabul: Attack on military academy; 11 soldiers dead, 4 terrorists killed

Kabul military academy attack

Kabul, Jan 29: In a suicide attack on an Afghan army base here, at least eleven Afghan soldiers and four insurgents were killed and another 15 were injured on Monday, reported news agency Reuters.

The attack on the army battalion, stationed near the Marshal Fahim Military Academy in western Kabul, began around 5 a.m., Afghan Defence Ministry spokesperson Dawlat Waziri told Efe news.

The area is “fully under control of our forces and the situation is getting back to normal,” Waziri said.

He added the clash between the insurgents and the soldiers continued for around five hours.

Two insurgents detonated their suicide vests, while another two died in the gunfire exchange with the security forces, and a fifth was captured alive, he said.

In the clashes, five soldiers were also killed. The 10 injured were transferred to a military hospital.

Monday’s suicide attack comes just after Saturday’s ambulance bomb attack in Kabul that left 103 dead and more than 200 injured.

The ambulance attack came a week after a previous assault on civilians at the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul where more than 20 people were killed, including 14 foreigners.

Afghanistan is witnessing one of its bloodiest periods, following the end of NATO’s military mission although it continues its presence in the country for training Afghan forces.

In September last year, both the US and NATO had decided to significantly increase their military presence in the country.

On Saturday, over 100 people were killed in a deadly bombing in Kabul. Islamic State and the Taliban have recently carried out attacks in the country.

The Saturday’s attack came a week later an attack on a Kabul hotel that claimed the lives of 22 people. The Taliban claimed the responsibility for both the attacks.

Afghan military institutions are frequently targeted by militants.

In October 2017, 15 military cadets were killed in an explosion outside the Marshal Fahim military academy, which is located west of the Kabul city centre.


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