Explosions, gunfire heard near military academy in Kabul

Explosions, gunfire heard near military academy in Kabul

According to Tolo News, the number of attackers is still unknown, while the Afghan security forces have cordoned off the area as the attack is ongoing. Another two were killed by the Afghan National Army and one was detained alive, Waziri said. Five soldiers were killed and 10 wounded, it said.

In October, a Taleban suicide bomber killed 15 Afghan army trainees as they travelled home from the Marshal Fahim academy. "The attackers wanted to breach the battalion", Waziri 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. The coordinated attack has come amid a spate of deadly terror attacks in the Afghan capital, raising grave security concerns.

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Kabul police spokesman Basir Mujahid confirmed to AFP there had been rocket and gunfire.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for Saturday's attack that saw at least 103 killed when an explosion-packed ambulance drove through a checkpoint.

According to Reuters, the explosions began at around 5 am (local time) and lasted for at least an hour, a witness said. Security warnings sent to foreigners in recent days said ISIS militants were planning to attack supermarkets, hotels and shops frequented by foreigners. There are so far no official reports of fatalities or injuries.

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