NEW DELHI – At least six people died and another six were injured on Thursday after a suicide attacker who was attempting to enter a military academy in the Afghan capital was detected by security forces posted outside and blew himself up, police sources said.
The attack occurred around noon local time when the perpetrator detonated his explosives at the entrance of Kabul’s Marshal Fahim National Defense University, which has been a target of several bombings in the past.
“The attacker wanted to enter the compound but was identified and stopped by a soldier who was guarding the first entrance on the main road, but the attacker detonated his explosives,” Kabul police spokesperson Firdaws Faramarz told EFE.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.
In January 2018, a suicide attack on an army battalion located near the same military academy left 15 dead, including 11 soldiers and four insurgents. It was later claimed by the Islamic State terror organization.
This new attack comes at a time when the Taliban insurgency and Afghan politicians are holding a second round of peace talks in Moscow.
Meanwhile, the United States and the Taliban, led by Mullah Haibatullah, have also been conducting peace negotiations for the past few months in the Qatari capital, Doha.
According to the latest data from the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, the Afghan government controls just 54 percent of the country’s territory.
This is the lowest proportion of land under the government’s control since 2015, when SIGAR started keeping records and data in this regard.