KABUL, Afghanistan — Explosions and gunfire erupted near the main military academy in Kabul early Monday, as officials and witnesses feared insurgents had entered another heavily guarded compound in what has been an intense period of violence in the Afghan capital.
Two security officials at the scene, who spoke on the condition of anonymity as the situation was fluid, said militants set off the fighting by firing rocket-propelled grenades at Marshal Fahim University.
“A number of suicide attackers entered a unit of the Afghan national army, which is beside the military university,” said Gen. Dawlat Waziri, a spokesman for the Ministry of Defense. “First, they carried out an explosion, and then they entered the unit. They are four suicide attackers, apparently, but we don’t have exact information.”
He said that government forces had surrounded the attackers and that three soldiers were wounded.
Basir Mujahid, a spokesman for the Kabul police, said the attack was on a military unit close to the university and not the university itself. He said commando forces had arrived at the scene.
On Saturday, the Taliban drove an ambulance full of explosives onto a busy Kabul street, killing at least 103 people and injuring more than 200. Last week, they attacked the Intercontinental Hotel, leading to 15 hours of fighting that left at least 22 people dead, 14 of them foreigners.
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