Islamic States claims responsibility of attack on Defense University in Kabul

Kabul: ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack through its media arm, the Amaq News Agency, but didn’t provided any evidence to support the claim. The site reported “an immersive attack by the Islamic State fighters targeted the Military Academy in Kabul city.” reported by CNN.

Basir Mujahid, a spokesman for the Kabul police chief, has confirmed that 11 army soldiers were killed and at least 17 others were wounded in an attack on Marshal Fahim Military University in Kabul early Monday morning. “Two attackers were detonated his explosive close to the academy and two other were killed by the security forces while the fifth one arrested,” reported by TOLO news agency . Clashes between security forces and insurgents lasted for about five hours after a group of five attackers tried to enter the facility. A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence Dawlat Waziri said two insurgents blew themselves up, two were killed and a third was arrested.

A military academy in the Afghan capital, Kabul, has come under attack leaving at least two soldiers dead, days after more than 100 people were killed in an explosion near the interior ministry building. A presidential spokesman said on Monday that the gunmen did not manage to get inside the Marshal Fahim National Defense University – the third major attack in Kabul in the past two weeks.

The attack on Monday was claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) via the group’s Amaq website. In addition to the two dead soldiers, at least 10 soldiers were wounded, officials said, while four attackers were killed and one was arrested. The assault is continuing at a police battalion next to the academy, officials said.

Abdullah Fahimi, lecturer at Abu Rayhan University in Kabul, told Al Jazeera that Kabul has seen a sharp increase of attacks by armed groups in the past two winters.”This comes in response to the aggressive strategy followed by the Afghan government as well as the US government, which slapped sanctions on six members of Taliban and the Haqqani Network,” Fahimi said.

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