Kabul military base attacked by suicide bombers; IS claims responsibility

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Kabul military base attacked by suicide bombers; IS claims stake

Militants attacked an army base near a military academy in the Afghan capital, Kabul, killing at least 11 soldiers.

As per reports, sixteen other Afghan soldiers were injured in the attack too. A total of five militants were involved. While four of them were gunned down, one was arrested and held in police custody. The attack has been claimed by the Islamic State (IS), according to the militant group’s Amaq news agency.

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 in the country in recent days.

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According to sources, several explosions were heard, as the attack began at about 05:00 am 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 news agencies. He also mentioned that four AK-47 assault rifles, one suicide vest and one rocket-launcher was recovered from them.

The president’s spokesperson said none of the attackers had been able to get further than the first gate. However, three members of the staff and at least two others were killed in the attack on the compound.

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