A suicide attack has struck near the main entrance of a military academy in Kabul, Afghanistan, local media report. The blast has reportedly led to casualties, with ambulances rushing to the scene.
The explosion rocked the area in the immediate vicinity of Marshal Fahim military academy’s gate in Kabul at about 7:00 am local time – when students and staff were streaming into the building, TOLO News reported, citing witnesses.
A video purportedly showing the aftermath of the incident has emerged online.
While the death toll from the blast is still unclear, Afghan Interior Minister spokesman Nasrat Rahimi has already confirmed that civilians were among those killed.
Several ambulance cars were seen heading to the site of the incident shortly after it was reported.
No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack.
Mohammad Fahim – also known as “Marshal Fahim” – served as both defense minister and vice president of Afghanistan following the ouster of the Taliban controlled government in 2001, and led a group of anti-Taliban fighters alongside the US coalition that invaded the country after the 9/11 attacks. He died in 2014.
The blast comes just days after a militant posing as an Afghan Army soldier opened fire on a combined US-Afghan unit in Nangarhar province, killing two American soldiers and injuring six others, the latest in a series of similar attacks. While no group claimed responsibility for the shooting, both the Taliban and groups linked with the Islamic State are known to be active in the region.
The US military presence in Afghanistan, now at an estimated 13,000 troops, continues after nearly two decades of conflict. While the initial US invasion in 2001 was intended to oust the Taliban government that for a time hosted Osama bin Laden and other plotters of the 9/11 attacks, after 19 years the American mission has lost focus, with the Taliban only gaining in strength and territory as the endless occupation grinds on.
Think your friends would be interested? Share this story!