Terrorists attack Kabul military academy; gunbattle underway

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WION Web Team Kabul, Afghanistan Jan 29, 2018, 02.22 AM (IST)

The Marshal Fahim Military University in the Afghan capital of Kabul has come under attack on Monday morning with a series of explosions and heavy gunfire heard at the compound, according to local media.

Law enforcement agencies responded to multiple reports of loud explosions at Marshal Fahim Military University.

Marshal Fahim Military University is located in Charrahe Qmbar and is the main educational institution for army cadets in Afghanistan.

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Marshal Fahim National Defence University houses three important military educational and training facilities - National Military Academy of Afghanistan (NMAA), the Afghan National Army Officer Academy (ANAOA), and the Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) Academy.

The attack was launched at about 5 am, TOLO News reports.

According to a source inside the camp explosions and gunfire can be heard coming from the direction of the entrance. 

Afghan security forces responding to the incident have reportedly blocked off all roads in the area. There are so far no official reports of fatalities or injuries.

Marshal Fahim Military Academy was the target of an attack last October when a suicide bombing killed 15 Afghan Army cadets as they were leaving the academy.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet. 

It comes days after the deadliest bombing for months hit Kabul when an ambulance packed with explosives killed at least 100 people.

The capital city with a population of nearly 5 million has been hit by series of terror attacks in the past years.