Two soldiers killed after insurgents attack Afghan army unit

Militants attack Afghan army post near military academy in Kabul

A series of explosions has hit an area near the Marshal Fahim military academy in the Afghan capital, Kabul.

Officials said the attack was on an army battalion near the Marshal Fahim military academy where high-ranking officers are trained and which was initially identified as the target.

The Afghan security forces have cordoned off the area as the attack is ongoing. One of the militants involved in the attack has been arrested, TOLO News reported. One ANA soldier is killed while 10 are wounded. According to another witness, gunfire has also been heard in the area.

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Monday's attack on an Afghan army battalion killed at least 11 soldiers and wounded 16, a defence ministry spokesman said. The latest incident comes just two days after a powerful explosion rocked the Afghan capital's diplomatic district, killing 103 people and injuring at least 235, including 30 police officers.

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

The Saturday's attack came a week later an attack on a Kabul hotel that claimed the lives of 22 people.

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Hours later, the Islamic State group's affiliate in Afghanstan, known as Khorasan Province, posted its claim of responsibility on its media arm, the Aamaq news agency website, saying its fighters targeted the "military academy in Kabul".

Kabul remains on high alert as the city braces for further attacks.

Several foreign organisations, including humanitarian groups, are reassessing their operations after a particularly deadly week in the country.

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