Rockets target Kabul minutes before Afghan president's speech

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Published: 2021-07-20 10:26

Last Updated: 2021-07-25 10:02


Rockets target Kabul minutes before Afghan president's speech
Rockets target Kabul minutes before Afghan president's speech

At least three rockets landed in the Afghan capital Tuesday, minutes before President Ashraf Ghani was due to deliver his speech on the occasion of Eid al-Adha, the Interior Ministry announced.

The sound of rockets fired at about 8am was heard throughout the security-fortified Green Zone, which includes the presidential palace, as well as a number of embassies, including the American one.

"Today the enemies of Afghanistan launched missile attacks in various parts of the city of Kabul," Interior Ministry spokesman Mirwais Stanekzai said.

"All the missiles hit three different parts (of the capital). Based on our initial information, there were no casualties. Our team is conducting investigations," he added.

Minutes after the attack, Ghani began delivering his speech in the presence of a number of senior officials.

Al-Qasr missiles have previously been targeted several times, the last of which was in December.

The operation coincides with a massive Taliban offensive across the country as foreign forces push ahead with their withdrawal, which is scheduled to be completed by August 31.