Kabul: Coordinated attack on military academy kills at least five

Gunmen Attack Kabul Military Academy Security Sources

Gunmen Attack Kabul Military Academy Security Sources

Authorities have confirmed an attack on the Marshal Fahim military academy in the Afghan capital of Kabul, Tolo News TV channel reported. Security forces have swarmed the area and blocked roads leading to it, but earlier an AFP reporter at the scene could also hear explosions.

Five soldiers were killed and 10 wounded, officials said.

"One bomber detonated himself and the rest of the attackers are resisting. The attackers wanted to breach the battalion", Waziri said.

Previous year in on 21st October 2017 fifteen cadets were killed when the bus they were traveling in was targeted in a suicide bombing.

Monday's raid came as both the insurgents and the Islamic State group have escalated their attacks on Kabul, turning it into one of the deadliest places in Afghanistan for civilians. A local witness reports that the blasts were first heard at about 5 am and continued for at least an hour.

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The reports came as Afghanistan's government has declared a day of mourning for January 28, after a bomb attack claimed by the Taliban in the capital killed 103 people on the afternoon of January 27.

"The last attacker is still clashing with security forces", spokesman for the Ministry of Defence (MoD), Dawlat Waziri said.

Kabul remains on high alert as the city braces for further attacks.

The wave of attacks has put pressure on President Ashraf Ghani and his US allies, who have expressed growing confidence that a new more aggressive military strategy has succeeded in driving Taliban insurgents back from major provincial centres.

Earlier on Wednesday, gunmen attacked the offices of the global NGO Save the Children in the city of Jalalabad.

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