Rockets hit Kabul residential area, leave eight civilians dead
KABUL (AFGHANISTAN) – Residential areas in Kabul were hit by several rockets on Saturday, leaving eight civilians dead and 31 injured, said police officials.
Some of the blasts took place close to the diplomatic enclave, triggering warning sirens from embassies. This comes two days ahead of a big donor conference for the country in Geneva, Switzerland.
According to Ministry of Interior spokesman Tariq Arian, eight civilians were killed in the attack and 31 were wounded. Five bodies and 21 injured were taken to the hospital, according to the health ministry.
He said “terrorists” set up 14 rockets in a truck and set them off, adding that a probe is underway to find out how the vehicle entered the city.
There was footage on social media showing some rockets being fired. Pictures shared on Facebook revealed damaged cars, shattered windows and gaping holes in the walls of homes.
The picture of a brother and sister killed in the attack was also shared on Facebook. One of the rockets exploded near the Iranian embassy and shrapnel hit the main building. However, there were no casualties, said the embassy in a statement.
Attacks by the Taliban and other extremist groups in the country have been on the rise after the peace negotiations between the government and the Taliban in Doha, Qatar, stalled. Kabul, which is home to more than 5 million, is also witnessing a rise in the number of attacks.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Qatar to hold talks with the Afghan delegation and the Taliban interlocutors.