Militant attack leaves 11 soldiers dead in Kabul

Pakistan on Monday strongly condemned the terrorist attack at an army camp in Afghan capital of Kabul, which Afghan officials said 11 Afghan National Army soldiers were killed and 16 other security personnel injured.

Afghan Ministry of Defence officials said the five militants armed with rocket-propelled grenades and automatic rifles attacked the outpost near the well-defended academy just before dawn.

The blast was claimed by the Taliban, a week after their deadly attack on the city's Intercontinental Hotel, in a calculated answer to US President Donald Trump's new strategy in Afghanistan.

Kabul: Afghanistan on Sunday declared a day of national mourning as the toll for those killed by a huge bomb hidden in an ambulance in Kabul topped 103 people, sharply raising tensions after insurgents struck in the city for the second time in a week.

Reuters quoted Kabul resident Mohammad Ehsan as saying the explosions began at around 5 a.m. local time and lasted for at least an hour.

The president's spokesperson said none of the attackers had been able to get further than the first gate, Afghan news website Tolo reports.

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Soon after the attack, Afghan diplomat Majeed Qarar on Twitter alleged that equipment used by the Kabul attackers was actually supplied by the Pakistan Army to a terrorist organisation operating in Kashmir and Afghanistan. He said four suspects had been arrested. He said commando forces had arrived at the scene.

Going down the list, we attack our enemies, ISIS has been defeated in Syria and Iraq, al-Qaeda has been at least partially crushed, the Taliban are not taking over Afghanistan, and there haven't been any mass terror attacks against America.

"We don't want to talk with the Taliban", Trump said.

Trump has committed to stepping up the US military's engagement in Afghanistan, pledging thousands more USA troops without setting deadlines.

AFP reported that some of the attackers have been killed with an Afghan security source adding the gunmen had not managed to enter the academy. Multiple U.S. citizens were killed and injured in the Taliban's 13-hour siege of the hotel, the State Department said Tuesday.

Trump also said he would put increasing pressure on Pakistan, which lies on the eastern border with Afghanistan, by withholding more than $200 million in military aid, citing that country's inability to confront regional terrorist networks on its soil.

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