Deadly Bomb Blast Hits Military Academy in Afghan Capital

Elias Hubbard
February 14, 2020

"Twelve were wounded, including five civilians", said a spokesman for the ministry of interior.

Afghan security personnel stand guard an area following a suicide attack near the Marshal Fahim Military Academy base in Kabul on February 11, 2020.

"It was a big explosion that rocked our house".

It is also being said that this attack took place at a time when the U.S. is trying to negotiate with the Taliban for a ceasefire in Afghanistan.

He blew himself up after hitting a vehicle going inside the academy near the check post.

Ghani said in a statement that the nation demands an immediate end to the violence and a durable ceasefire.

The Taliban have refrained from attacking major urban centers in an effort to keep talks with the USA on track, but violence continues elsewhere. Alongside the Taliban, other militants operate in Afghanistan, including the Islamic State group.

In Brussels, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the Kabul attack "shows the consequences of horrendous violence against innocent civilians" and "demonstrates the strong need to find a peaceful resolution" to the Afghan conflict.

On his twitter account, the ministry's official Nasrat Rahimi wrote "One suicide bomber detonated his explosive roughly at 7:00 a.m".

India condemned the heinous terror attack in Afghanistan's Kabul on February 11 and asserted that the worldwide community must unite in the fight against terrorism.

This comes at a time of heightened uncertainty in the country as USA and Taliban negotiators try to pursue talks towards a peace deal to end 18 years of war.

"I think that we're making significant progress", O'Brien said at an event hosted by the Atlantic Council in Washington.

The US and Taleban had been negotiating for a year and were on the brink of an announcement in September 2019 when US President Donald Trump abruptly declared the process "dead", citing ongoing Taleban violence.

Rebuilding efforts in Afghanistan have left 5,135 people killed or injured since 2002, a new report by a USA government group says.

The Taliban and the USA peace talks underway in Qatar, where the Taliban maintain a political office, have become bogged down over agreeing on how to end or substantially reduce hostilities.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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