Blast near Afghan military training centre kills at least six: officials

At least six people were killed and 16 more wounded in a suicide blast outside a military academy in the Afghan capital on Thursday, an official said.

The attack, which was claimed by the Islamic State (IS group, targeted students leaving the Marshal Fahim National Defense University in western Kabul.

Kabul police spokesman Firdaws Faramarz said the suicide bomber had been on foot. He blew himself up when a soldier challenged him near the entrance to the war college. “In the blast, 16 people were wounded and six were martyred,” Mr. Faramarz said.

The attacker “detonated himself before reaching his target”, he added. The Afghan IS affiliate said it had carried out the attack and claimed to have killed “50 military trainees”.

Opened in 2005 and named after former Vice- President Mohammed Fahim, the Marshal Fahim academy is modelled after U.S. and British war colleges and trains cadets destined to become officers in Afghanistan’s Army.