At least five soldiers were killed Monday morning when militants attacked an Afghan National Army military base, officials said.
A defense ministry spokesman told the BBC 10 other soldiers were injured. There were five militants involved in the attack, he said, and two were killed when they blew themselves up and two others were killed in a shootout. The fifth militant has been arrested. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility.
There’s been a sharp uptick in violence across Afghanistan, with the Taliban and ISIS targeting hotels, military bases, and offices this month. On Saturday, an ambulance filled with explosives blew up on a busy street in Kabul, killing at least 100 people.