Gunmen attack Kabul army base at Kabul military academy

Five soldiers and four attackers died when militants attacked an army base near the military academy in the Afghan capital

Five soldiers and four attackers died when militants attacked an army base near the military academy in the Afghan capital, Kabul.

The Militants attacked the well-defended Marshal Fahim university as the violence continues.

Five soldiers and four attackers die in the assault on the well-defended Marshal Fahim university as violence continues.

A spokesman speaking to the BBC said 10 other Afghan soldiers were injured.

Ministry of defence officials said five militants armed with rocket-propelled grenades and automatic rifles attacked the outpost near the well-defended Marshal Fahim military academy at around 5am, local time,  on Monday morning.

“The Afghan national army is the country’s defence force and makes sacrifices for the security and well-being of the people,” the ministry said.

The attack has been claimed by the Islamic State (IS), according to the militant group's Amaq news agency.

The attack comes days after the deadliest bombing in months hit Kabul when an ambulance packed with explosives killed at least 100 people on Saturday.

On Wednesday, an assault on the offices of Save the Children in Jalalabad killed six people. The attack was claimed by Islamic State.

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