2 Dead, 10 Injured in Afghan Kabul Military Academy Attack

Kabul military academy
Kabul (TeleSUR– Early Monday, explosions, and gunfire erupted near the Marshal Fahim National Defense University in Kabul. Five militants were reportedly involved in the attack, which has been claimed by ISIS, that left at least two dead and 10 wounded, a defense ministry official said.

“A number of suicide attackers entered a unit of the Afghan national army, which is beside the military university,” Gen. Dawlat Waziri, a spokesman for the Ministry of Defense, confirmed.

Marshal Fahim National Defense University
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The attack on the academy came just two days after an ambulance exploded, killing at least 100 people. Two security officials at the scene said militants began the assault by launching rocket-propelled grenades at Marshal Fahim University, a New York Times report said.

“First, they carried out an explosion, and then they entered the unit. They are four suicide attackers, apparently, but we don’t have exact information,” Waziri explained.

TOLO news agency said the security forces have cordoned off all surrounding roads near the attack site. One military official said three soldiers were wounded.

A spokesperson for the Afghan president confirmed the incident took place, adding that none of the attackers were able to breach the compound’s first gate.

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The Times reported that some of the attackers are believed to be among the dead.

The academy’s compound is located on over 105 acres of land and houses the National Military Academy of Afghanistan, the Afghan National Army Officer Academy, and the Non-Commissioned Officer Academy.

The Afghan capital has been under siege, experiencing increased violent attacks over the past few weeks. This is the third bombing in less than two weeks.

Saturday’s deadly attack had also resulted in more than 200 people being injured. One week earlier, at least 22 people died in an attack on the Intercontinental Hotel.

This post was originally written for and published by TeleSUR English.