Afghan troops die in IS attack on Kabul military academy

Gunmen attacked an Army Garrison situated near a military academy in the Afghan capital Monday, killing at least five people -- the latest in a series of assaults that have rattled the country in recent weeks.

"No Australian Defence Force personnel were wounded in this attack", the spokesman said.

Ministry of Defence officials said the five militants, armed with rocket-propelled grenades and automatic rifles, attacked the outpost near the well-defended academy just before dawn.

"It's a Massacre': Taliban Bomb in Ambulance Kills 95 in Kabul", said The New York Times.

The Associated Press (AP) says a group linked to the Islamic State terror group, known as Khorasan Province, claimed responsibility on the internet.

Earlier on January 27, at least 103 people were killed whereas 235 further wounded after a bomb hidden in an ambulance went off at a Police Check Post in Kabul followed by a day of national mourning throughout Afghanistan.

How did Monday's attack unfold?

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The assault started with a suicide bomber who detonated his explosives' vest at the provincial offices of Save the Children, said Attahullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor.

According to Reuters, police said there had been an incident inside at a military site but said it was not clear if it was an attack by militants.

The blast comes a week after militants stormed the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul. That attack was also claimed by the Taliban. The country's security forces in particular have suffered heavy casualties at the hands of the Taliban, who want to re-impose their strict version of Islamic law in the country. Commander of USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces in Afghanistan Army Gen John W Nicholson said that the attack once again demonstrates that the enemies of Afghanistan kill indiscriminately. He said four suspects had been arrested.

"Our thoughts are with the families of the victims who were injured and killed, and we mourn all those who lost their lives in this senseless attack", he said.

"The government can control the situation but the president has to share power with others, he needs unity with other parties so they can fight the Taliban together", Mr Mahmood said.

There are now 14,000 USA soldiers in Afghanistan.

U.S. President Donald Trump condemned the "murderous attack," adding the tragic event "renews our resolve" to support Afghanistan.

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