At least five people killed in suicide bombing at the Kabul Military Academy 1

At least five people killed in suicide bombing at the Kabul Military Academy

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Kabul: A suicide attack at the military academy killed at least five people in the Afghan capital Kabul in the early hours of Tuesday, the first major attack in the city in months.

After the capital had remained relatively calm for almost three months, no one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

“The explosion was a suicide attack with civilian casualties,” the ministry of interior’s deputy spokeswoman Marwa Amini said.

A witness near the scene in western Kabul confirmed the blast, saying it happened near the Marshal Fahim military academy.

“It was a big explosion that rocked our house. We also heard gunfire afterwards. Ambulances rushed to the area quickly,” resident Samiullah, who goes by one name, told AFP.

According to the local broadcaster, the police chief of Kabul confirmed the location.

The Taliban has refrained from attacking large urban centers to start dialogue with the United States, although the violence in the provinces continues.

The last major attack on the capital took place in November during a morning rush hour in Kabul, when an explosive minibus crashed into a foreigner vehicle and killed at least 12 people.

Four foreigners were injured in an attack on a busy community near the Ministry of the Interior and north of Kabul Airport. The attack was aimed at SUVs from the Canadian private security company GardaWorld.

There have been several attacks on the military academy in the past, including that of the Islamic State last May.

Tuesday’s attack comes when Washington and the Taliban argue over a possible agreement that will allow US forces to leave Afghanistan in exchange for security guarantees.

In recent weeks, however, there appears to have been little progress in reaching an agreement, which has prompted insurgents to take away the responsibility of the White House and to say that Americans are increasingly demanding to pave the way for a deal.

The United States and the Taliban have been negotiating for a year and announced in September 2019 that President Donald Trump suddenly declared the “death” process on the basis of continued Taliban violence and declared bankruptcy.

The talks were then resumed in Qatar in December, but were suspended again due to an attack on the United States near the Bagram military base in Afghanistan.

According to a recent US government regulatory report, violent attacks in the country have increased with the turmoil of the talks and the number of conflicts has risen to record levels in the last quarter of 2019.

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