15 Afghan army cadets killed in attack on security forces

2017-10-21 16:21
An Afghani prays near the grave of a person killed during the suicide attack in Kabul. (Rahmat Gul, AP)

An Afghani prays near the grave of a person killed during the suicide attack in Kabul. (Rahmat Gul, AP)

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Kabul - A suicide bomber killed 15 Afghan army trainees as they were leaving their base in Kabul on Saturday, the defence ministry said, as militants step up their deadly attacks across the war-torn country.

It was the second suicide bombing in the Afghan capital in 24 hours and the seventh major assault in Afghanistan since Tuesday, taking the total death toll to more than 200, with hundreds more wounded.

The attack comes after a suicide bomber blew himself up in a mosque in Kabul on Friday, killing 56 people and wounding 55 others in an assault claimed by the Islamic State group.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the ambush but the Taliban has been involved in the previous four attacks on police and military bases this week.

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"On Saturday afternoon, when a minibus carrying army cadets, was coming out of the military academy, a suicide bomber on foot targeted them, killing 15 and wounding four," said defence ministry spokesperson  Dawlat Waziri .

Kabul Crime Branch chief General Mohammad Salim Almas said police have launched an investigation into the attack which happened in the west of the city.

The spate of deadly attacks underscores deteriorating security across Afghanistan as the resurgent Taliban step up their attacks on security installations with devastating effect and Islamic State continue to target Shi'ite mosques.

Nato's Resolute Support mission tweeted that the latest incident was an "attack on the future" of Afghanistan and its security forces.

"This attack in #Kabul shows the insurgents are desperate and cannot win" against Afghanistan's security and defence forces, it said.


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