Explosions, Gunfire Reported Near Military Academy In Kabul

Posted January 29, 2018

A rocket attack was reportedly launched early Monday morning at a military academy in the Afghan capital Kabul.

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"The Afghan National Army is the country's defence force and makes sacrifices for the security and well-being of the people", the ministry said.While militants claiming allegiance to Islamic State operate in mountains in the eastern province of Nangarhar, little is known about the group and many analysts question whether they are exclusively responsible for the attacks they have claimed in Kabul and elsewhere.

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The Tolo News quoted the Afghan Ministry of Defense (MoD) spokesman Dawlat Waziri as saying that three attackers have been killed, one has been detained and one is still fighting. One soldier had been killed and three were wounded, said one official, who declined to be identified. The soldiers are looking for another possible attacker, he added.

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

According to reports, several explosions were heard from the military academy on the outskirts of Kabul where high-ranking military officers are trained.

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Attacks have increased in recent months in Kabul and elsewhere across Afghanistan, including massive bombings staged by militants determined to inflict maximum casualties, instill terror in the population and undermine confidence in Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's government and the country's security forces.

Islamic State has since claimed responsibility for the attack.

Previous year in on 21st October 2017 fifteen cadets were killed when the bus they were traveling in was targeted in a suicide bombing.

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On Saturday last week, an attacker drove an ambulance filled with explosives into the heart of the city, killing at least 103 people and wounding another 235.