Six Killed in Suicide Bombing at Kabul Military Academy

Attacker targeted Afghan military academy

On Tuesday morning, a suicide bombing hit the Marshal Fahim military academy in the Afghan capital of Kabul. At least six people were reported killed and four others wounded. There has been no claim of responsibility.

This is the first substantial attack in Kabul since November, and it was believed the Taliban were trying to avoid high-profile hits inside the capital to facilitate peace talks. It’s not clear this was the Taliban, who denied involvement. If it is, it may suggest a shift in priorities, and may reflect the slow progress in a peace deal they were willing to finalize months ago.

The bombing hit both the academy and a police checkpoint. While the identities of the three victims are not yet public, officials did say there were both military and civilian casualties.

Locals reported hearing a large explosion, and gunfire, followed by ambulances rushing to the site. Details are likely to continue to emerge, but indications are that it was not as big of a death toll as it maybe could have been.

Author: Jason Ditz

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