Military university in Kabul rocked by explosions & gunfire


Militants have targeted a military base in Kabul Monday, just two days after an attacker driving an ambulance packed with explosives killed more than 100 in the Afghan capital.

Marshal Fahim National Defense University "came under attack" in the country's capital of Kabul, the BBC reported.

No-one immediately claimed responsibility, but both Taliban insurgents and militants from the Islamic State group have stepped up attacks against Afghan security forces. In the attack, 5 army soldiers were killed and 10 others wounded.

The attack was launched at about 5am in Monday after five insurgents attacked the academy and one is still clashing with security forces, a spokesman for the Ministr of Defence (MoD) Dawlat Waziri said.

Basir Mujahid, a spokesman for the Kabul police, said the attack was on a military unit close to the university and not the university itself. A search is under way for another possible assailant, Waziri added. There have been no reports of casualties so far.

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Afghan diplomat Majeed Qarar took to Twitter to allege that the equipment used by the attackers were supplied by the Pakistan Army to the terrorist organisation in Kashmir and Afghanistan.

In October 2017, 15 military cadets were killed in an explosion outside the Marshal Fahim Military Academy.

Afghan media reports suggest the attack began with explosions, which may have been a rocket attack on the gate of the facility.

IS fighters also attacked Save the Children's office in Afghanistan's east on Wednesday that officials said killed five people and wounded another 26.

The resident said additional smaller blasts could be heard at frequent intervals following the larger explosions.