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At Least 15 Killed, 4 Wounded in Blast Near Military Academy in Afghan Capital

Sputnik News

21:41 21.10.2017(updated 21:44 21.10.2017)

Three terrorist attacks were registered in Afghanistan as the security situation in the country has been deteriorating over the past few months.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – At least 15 people were killed and four others wounded after a bus exploded near the Marshal Fahim Military Academy in Kabul, local media reported on Saturday.

According to the TOLO news broadcaster, spokesman for the Ministry of Defense Dawlat Waziri confirmed the number of victims.

All the victims were cadets of the military academy, the media outlet said, adding that the minibus carrying the trainees was attacked by a suicide bomber at about 03:30 p.m. local time (11:00 GMT).

According to the 1TV News channel, the Taliban terrorist group, has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Commenting on the issue, the NATO-Led Resolute Support mission said it was "an attack on the future of Afghanistan and Afghan National Defense and Security Forces," which showed that the terrorists were desperate and could not combat the country's security forces on the battlefield.

This attack came just hours after several rockets struck near Wazir Akbar Khan district of Kabul, where many governmental buildings, foreign embassies, as well as NATO-led Resolute Support mission are located. No casualties were reported.

On Friday, at least 59 people were killed in Kabul as an explosion hit the Imam Zaman mosque in the western part of the city. At least 55 more people were injured, according to the local media. The Daesh terror organization, outlawed in Russia, reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces, backed by the US-led coalition, are conducting joint offensive operations to tackle terrorism across the country since 2014 when most foreign troops left. Taliban controls about 40 percent of the country and its aim is to overthrow the Western-backed government in order to proclaim a fundamentalist Islamist rule in Afghanistan. In August Trump unveiled his new strategy on Afghanistan saying the US is going to boost its military presence in the country amid the growing terrorist threat and increased activity of militants.


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