Kabul: Explosions at military university

29 January, 2018, 10:57 | Author: Kim Reid
  • Gunfire explosions rock the Kabul military academy

A suicide bomber first attacked the army unit responsible for providing security for the military academy, and the attack was followed by a gun battle in which two soldiers were killed, said Dawlat Waziri, spokesman for the Afghan defence ministry.

The Local Ariana News reported that two attackers and two soldiers got killed in the exchange of fire.

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In October, a suicide attacker rammed a auto full of explosives into a bus carrying cadets from the academy, known as the Defence University, which is home to one of Afghanistan's main officer training schools, killing 15 of them. Security warnings sent to foreigners in recent days said Islamic State militants were planning to attack supermarkets, hotels and shops frequented by foreigners.

Another 235 people were injured, including 30 police officers, Kabul police chief Basir Mojahid said. The attack comes days after the deadliest bombing for months hit Kabul when an ambulance packed with explosives killed at least 100 people.

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Pakistan, which denies accusations it fosters the Afghan war, condemned the attack and called for "concerted efforts and effective cooperation" to tackle militancy.

Earlier, a local resident, Mohammad Ehsan, said he heard explosions near Marshal Fahim University and they lasted for at least an hour. Smaller blasts and gunfire were frequently heard during the attack. There are so far no official reports of fatalities or injuries.

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Earlier on Wednesday, gunmen attacked the offices of the worldwide NGO Save the Children in the city of Jalalabad.

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