Thu | Nov 15, 2018

IS attack on military academy in Afghan capital kills 11

Published:Tuesday | January 30, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Afghan National Army soldiers take position near the entrance gate of Marshal Fahim academy after an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan yesterday

AFGHANISTAN

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) Islamic State militants attacked Afghan soldiers guarding a military academy in the capital yesterday, killing at least 11 troops and wounding 16.

The attack, which began before dawn and continued well past daybreak, was the latest in a wave of relentless violence in Kabul this month unleashed by the Taliban and the rival Islamic State group that has killed scores and left hundreds wounded.

President Donald Trump condemned the recent spate of violence, saying "innocent people are being killed left and right," including children. After previously expressing support for Afghan efforts to reach a political settlement with the insurgent group, Trump said "there's no talking to the Taliban."

Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said a suicide bomber struck the military unit guarding the academy, setting off a gun battle. Two of the attackers were killed in the gun battle, two detonated their suicide vests and one was arrested by the troops, he said.

Waziri confirmed that 11 soldiers were killed. He said "the attack was against an army unit providing security for the academy and not the academy itself."

The Islamic State affiliate in Afghanistan, which calls itself Khorasan Province, claimed the attack in a statement carried by its Aamaq news agency, saying its fighters targeted the academy.