At least five dead in suicide attack on Afghan military academy

KABUL (AFP) – A suicide attack targetting a military academy in the Afghan capital killed at least five people early yesterday, the first major assault in the city in months.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the dawn attack, which comes after nearly three months of relative calm in Kabul.

The ministry of defence said five people were killed and at least six injured in the attack.

The interior ministry, however, said six people died – two civilians and four military personnel – after the suicide bomber detonated the device at around 7am.

Twelve others were wounded, spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said in a statement.

The blast happened near the Marshal Fahim military academy, where the country’s security officers are trained.

“It was a big explosion that rocked our house. We also heard gunfire afterwards. Ambulances rushed to the area quickly,” resident Samiullah, who like many Afghans goes by one name, told AFP.

Afghan security personnel stand guard at an area following a suicide attack near the Marshal Fahim Military Academy base in Kabul. PHOTO: AFP