Explosions and gunfire erupted near the main military academy in Kabul early Monday, as officials and witnesses feared insurgents had entered another heavily guarded compound in what has been an intense period of violence in the Afghan capital.
“A number of suicide attackers entered a unit of the Afghan national army, which is beside the military university,” said Gen. Dawlat Waziri, a spokesman for the Ministry of Defense. “First, they carried out an explosion, and then they entered the unit. They are four suicide attackers, apparently, but we don’t have exact information.”
He said that government forces had surrounded the attackers and that three soldiers were wounded.
Waziri also added that one of the attackers has been arrested and the search for the other insurgents is going on.
Basir Mujahid, a spokesman for the Kabul police, said the attack was on a military unit close to the university and not the university itself. He said commando forces had arrived at the scene.
The attack on the military unit happens on the day when the city has been announced off to mourn for the victims of Saturday deadly attack that killed 103 people and wounded 235 others.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the Saturday attack, claiming most victims were high ranking police officers; but the pictures circulated on the media shows civilians were the victims.