Afghanistan troops die in Islamic State attack on military academy

Afghan capital Kabul witnessed another terror attack Monday morning when eleven army soldiers were killed and at least 16 others were wounded.

One of the insurgents involved in the attack has been arrested by the security forces, the local media reports quoted military sources, as saying.

The ambulance attack on Saturday took place one week after a popular Kabul hotel frequented by foreigners was attacked, leaving 22 people dead. Another six people were killed in an assault claimed by Islamic State on the office of aid group Save the Children in the eastern city of Jalalabad.

"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.

Monday was declared a holiday, as part of three days of mourning for the victims of the recent attacks.

Several explosions were heard, as well as small arms fire, as the attack began at about 05:00 local time (00:30 GMT), the BBC's Mahfouz Zubaide reported from Kabul.

"This murderous attack renews our resolve and that of our Afghan partners", Mr Trump said on Saturday.

The government has blamed the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani Network, which Afghan and Western officials suspect of involvement in at least some of the recent attacks in the capital.

He says that Pakistan has shown previously that when they are criticised internationally it has reacted by means of the Taliban. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

Afghan authorities have raised the death toll from Saturday's (Sunday, NZT) suicide bombing in Kabul, which claimed the life of a Kiwi Afghani, to 103. He said four others have been arrested in the ambulance bombing case.

"This comes in response to the aggressive strategy followed by the Afghan government as well as the USA government, which slapped sanctions on six members of Taliban and the Haqqani Network", Fahimi said.

The group says its latest attack was intended as a message to U.S. President Donald Trump, who past year sent more American troops to the country.

The bloodshed has led to widespread criticism among Afghans of the country's national unity government, which the US helped broker in 2014 after disputed elections. Mirwais Samadi, head of the consulate department at Afghanistan's Foreign Ministry, said the Kabul attack was "terrorists" and their supporters.

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