Kabul military base hit by explosions and gunfire

Kabul – Militants have attacked an army base near a military academy in the Afghan capital Kabul. At least two Afghan soldiers have been killed in the ongoing attack and 10 injured, said a defence ministry spokesperson. It’s reported that five militants were involved, three of whom have been killed.

This comes just days after the deadliest bombing for months hit Kabul when an ambulance packed with explosives killed at least 100 people. The Taliban and Islamic State have increased their attacks on targets in the country in recent days.

Several explosions were heard and a small arms fire, as the attack began at about 05:00 at a military base of the Afghan National Army in the west of Kabul.  Militants are believed to have been heavily armed with rocket propelled grenade launchers.

So far, one attacker has been arrested while another is still fighting with security forces, said officials.  Security official has since blocked off all roads in the area.

Spokesperson of the president said that none of the attackers had been able to go further than the first gate. Military institutions in Afghan are frequently targeted by militants.

In October 2017, 15 military cadets were killed in an explosion outside the Marshal Fahim military academy as they were leaving by minibus. The base is right next to the Marshal Fahim National Defense University which has been targeted by Taliban militants before.

 Photo Credits – CNN.com

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