ISIL claims Afghanistan military academy attack

Des volontaires afghans viennent en aide aux victimes de l'explosion d'une ambulance piégée à Kaboul le 27 janvier 2018

Gunmen launched a pre-dawn attack on a military academy in Kabul today, security officials and sources said, in an ongoing assault that marks the latest violence to strike the Afghan capital.

The Marshal Fahim National Defense University shares the site with two other military facilities, including a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation base which houses instructors for the academy, according to spokesman Shah Hussain Murtazawi.

Both ISIL and the Taliban have stepped up attacks against Afghan security forces, with attacks recently increasing in the Afghan capital.

"Two bombers detonated themselves and two were killed by our forces and one was detained alive".

Ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said three soldiers had been wounded and the clash was still going on. The soldiers are looking for another possible attacker, he added. An officer at the academy told AFP he could hear an explosion and gunfire.

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.




On Saturday, the driver of an ambulance packed with explosives blew himself up near a building used by the Interior Ministry and High Peace Council, a body set up in 2010 to negotiate with insurgents, killing more than 100 and wounding more than 230 others.

But there is still confusion over the true toll from that attack with conflicting figures given by officials and Afghan media reporting higher numbers.

Smaller blasts could still be heard at less frequent intervals.

Kabul remains on high alert as the city braces for further attacks. The Taliban-claimed attack resulted in a 12-hour standoff leading to the death of 22 people.

He said that the attack was against the security personnel and not against the military academy itself.

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