KABUL -AFP/UNS – Gunmen launched a pre-dawn raid on a military compound in Kabul on Monday, officials said, in an ongoing assault that has caused multiple casualties and is the third major attack in the city in recent days.
At least 12 soldiers have been killed and 10 wounded in a fierce gun battle with several attackers near the Marshal Fahim military academy, defence ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri told AFP.
“An Afghan army battalion has come under attack this morning. The attackers wanted to breach the battalion,” Waziri said.
Afghan security personnel arrive at the site of an attack at the Marshal Fahim academy in Kabul, Afghanistan. — AP
“One bomber detonated himself and another bomber was detained by our forces. Three others were killed and one other is resisting our forces,” he added.
Officials said the attack was on an army battalion near the academy where high-ranking officers are trained and which was initially identified as the target.
An Afghan security source said the gunmen had not managed to enter the heavily fortified compound, which is on the western outskirts of the city.
Afghan security personnel arrive at the site of an attack at the Marshal Fahim academy in Kabul. — AP
Witnesses told AFP they heard several explosions and gunfire at around 5:00 am (0030 GMT).
An AFP reporter at the scene said he could “hear explosions”. Security forces have swarmed the area and blocked the road leading to the area where fighting is still ongoing.
An officer inside the training academy said he heard an explosion followed by an exchange of gunfire.
Kabul police spokesman Basir Mujahid confirmed to AFP there had been rocket and gunfire. In October a Taliban suicide bomber killed 15 Afghan army trainees as they travelled home from the Marshal Fahim academy.