Afghanistan military school assault leaves multiple soldiers dead
At least two Afghan soldiers were killed and 10 others were wounded after an army unit guarding a military academy came under attack early Monday, officials said, Foxnews reports.
A suicide bomber first attacked the unit guarding the Marshal Fahim National Defense University in Kabul, and the attack was followed by a gun battle in which the two soldiers were killed, Afghan defense ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said.
Waziri said at least 10 other soldiers were wounded in the attack. He said five insurgents led the attack and at least two of them were killed in a firefight, while one was arrested alive by soldiers.
07:15 (GMT+4) Authorities have confirmed an attack on the Marshal Fahim military academy in the Afghan capital of Kabul, Sputnik reported, citing Tolo News TV channel. The security forces have shut off the area.
Earlier, a series of blasts have been heard near the military academy, according to witness, Reuters reported. A resident of Kabul told the agency that the series of explosions lasting for about an hour rocked the capital. According to another witness, gunfire has also been heard in the area.
According to the Tolo News TV channel, RPGs have been used during the shootout. The attack at Marshal Fahim Military University started at around 05:00 a.m. (00:30 GMT), the broadcaster reported, citing officials and eyewitnesses. There were no immediate reports on casualties.
A blast hit the diplomatic quarter of Kabul on Saturday, where the embassies and many government buildings are located. The attack was perpetrated by a terrorist, who was driving an explosives-packed ambulance. The death toll of the attack is 103 people, while the number of those wounded is 235. The Afghan authorities declared Sunday as a national day of mourning.