Kabul military base attack kills 11

Kabul military base attack kills 11

Kabul, Jan 29 (Just News): Militants have attacked an army base near a military academy in the Afghan capital, Kabul, killing at least 11 soldiers.

Sixteen other Afghan soldiers were injured, a defence ministry spokesman told the BBC.

Five militants were involved, said the spokesman. Four were killed in the attack but one was arrested.

The attack has been claimed by the Islamic State (IS), according to the militant group's Amaq news agency.

Earlier reports said the attack had taken place at the Marshal Fahim National Defense University, which is near the military base.

It comes days after the deadliest bombing for months hit Kabul when an ambulance packed with explosives killed at least 100 people.

IS and the Taliban have increased their attacks on targets in the country in recent days.

Several explosions were heard, as well as small-arms fire, as the attack began at about 05:00 local time (00:30 GMT) at the military base of the Afghan National Army in the west of Kabul.

Two attackers blew themselves up, two others were killed by security forces and another one was arrested, defence ministry spokesman Gen Dawlat Waiziri told the BBC.

Four AK-47 assault rifles, one suicide vest and one rocket-launcher were seized, he said.

The president's spokesperson said none of the attackers had been able to get further than the first gate, Afghan news website Tolo reports.

Afghan military institutions are frequently targeted by militants.

A surge in violence

The base is near the Marshal Fahim National Defense University which the Taliban have targeted before.

In October 2017, 15 military cadets were killed in an explosion outside the Marshal Fahim military academy as they were leaving by minibus.

The university is sometimes referred to as "Sandhurst in the Sand" as it is closely modelled on the officer training academy in Britain.

Monday's deadly attack is the third in just over a week to have rocked the country.

On Saturday, more than 100 people were killed in a suicide bombing when attackers drove an ambulance past a police checkpoint into a district with many government buildings and embassies.

One week earlier, another attack on a Kabul hotel killed 22 people - mostly foreigners. Six militants stormed the hotel in suicide vests the attack continued for several hours until Afghan troops regained control of the building.

The Taliban said it had carried out both those Kabul attacks.

IS said it had carried out a suicide attack on the international charity Save the Children in the city of Jalalabad last week.

Three members of staff and at least two others were killed in the attack and the siege of the compound.