15 Afghan army cadets killed in Kabul suicide attack

  • Explosion rocks the gates of Kabul Military Academy

KABUL – At least 15 Afghan army trainees are reported to have been killed after a suicide bomber targeted their bus as they were leaving their base in Kabul on Saturday, the defence ministry said.

An explosion was heard by the gates of Marshal Fahim Military Academy, near a police checkpoint in Kabul’s Qambar square at around 3.30 pm, according to local media reports.

Four more were wounded in the blast which happened outside Marshal Fahim National Defense University in Charrahi Qambar area, spokesman for Defense Ministry Dawlat Waziri told 1TV.

The bus was carrying soldiers and military officers who were attending a course in the university, he said. The blast was carried out by a walking suicide bomber.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

The explosion comes several hours after three rockets were fired at foreign facilities early on Saturday morning.

Kabul is still reeling from a horrific attack on Friday evening, in which more than 80 people were killed in a suicide bombing at a Shia mosque in the capital.

This is a developing story. More updates to follow