Explosions, gunfire heard near military academy in Kabul

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At least three attackers have so far been killed, one arrested and another is still fighting with security forces in an ongoing attack on the Marshal Fahim Military University in PD5 In Kabul city, military officials confirmed.

The Taliban claimed the ambulance attack, as well as an attack a week earlier in which militants stormed a hilltop hotel in Kabul, the Intercontinental, killing 22 people, including 14 foreigners, and setting off a 13-hour battle with security forces.

"The attack was against an army unit providing security for the academy and not the academy itself", he insisted.

"One bomber detonated himself and another bomber was detained by our forces". Another 2 attackers were killed in the ensuing encounter and 1 was arrested.

The gunmen did not enter the heavily fortified compound, which is on the western outskirts of the city, an Afghan security source said.

Another 235 people were injured, including 30 police officers, Kabul police chief Basir Mojahid said.

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In October, 15 cadets from Marshal Fahim academy were killed when their bus was attacked in a suicide bombing.

ISIL claimed the attack in which at least 10 other soldiers were wounded, Reuters reported.

The wave of attacks has put pressure on President Ashraf Ghani and his USA allies, who have expressed growing confidence that a new more aggressive military strategy has succeeded in driving Taliban insurgents back from major provincial centres.

Attacks have also increased recently in Kabul.

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.

But there is still confusion over the true toll from that attack with conflicting figures given by officials and Afghan media reporting higher numbers.