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One attacker arrested amid ongoing gunfire in Kabul

30 January 2018

Militants on Monday raided a military academy in Kabul, the Afghan capital, killing 11 soldiers, the fourth major attack in a spate of violence over the past nine days that is putting a new, more aggressive U.S. strategy under the spotlight.

"Shots have been heard, there is no information on the attack yet", Basir Mujahid, a Kabul police spokesman said, adding that security forces had cordoned off the area.

Votel, Commander of United States Central Command, has said that the recent attacks by militants in Afghanistan will not impact the USA commitment to Afghanistan.

The attack was the worst seen in the Afghan capital since a truck bomb near the German embassy killed 150 people in May. The attack, for which the Taliban claimed responsibility, followed another assault by their militants on a luxury hotel in Kabul a week ago that killed 22 people.

Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri told the media in Kabul that four suicide bombers were killed and one was arrested.

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Monday's attack started around 4 a.m., witnesses said, and fighting continued long after daybreak.

Earlier, Kabul resident Mohammad Ehsan said the explosions began at around 5:00am (local time) and lasted for at least an hour.

According to Tolo, the president's spokesperson has confirmed the attack, saying that none of the attackers had been able to get further than the first gate.

A military academy in Afghanistan reportedly came under attack after gunfire and explosions were heard in the area.

A week ago, the Taliban killed more than 20 people in a siege of the city's Intercontinental Hotel. The assault, which left two dead and 12 injured, was later claimed by the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorist group.

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While critics still blame government for its weakness to thwart Taliban attacks, a number of military commentators have said that to curb Taliban attacks in Afghanistan, there is a need to hit them in their bases and training camps before they can launch any attacks.

ISIL and the Taliban are both carrying out attacks in Kabul and could be trying to outdo each other, according to Ruttig. He said four others have been arrested in the ambulance bombing case.

An interior ministry spokesman blamed the Haqqani network, a militant group affiliated with the Taliban which Afghan and Western officials consider to be behind numerous biggest attacks on urban targets in Afghanistan. The Taliban denied any role, but the Afghan government says its affiliate, the Haqqani group, carried it out with support from Pakistan.

Fifteen people were killed in an attack on the academy in October 2017.

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One attacker arrested amid ongoing gunfire in Kabul