Five die in Kabul suicide attack

February 12, 2020

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KABUL: A suicide attack targeting a military academy in the Afghan capital killed at least five people early on Tuesday, the first major assault in the city in months.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the 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 explosive 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 said.

A security source said that the attacker was on foot when he targeted a vehicle near a checkpoint.

Published in Dawn, February 12th, 2020