Three wounded as rockets are fired into Kabul

Three wounded as rockets are fired into Kabul | Khyber News

KABUL: At least three people were wounded after five rockets were fired into Kabul on Tuesday, police said, but there was no immediate claim of responsibility for the latest attack on the Afghan capital.
The rockets landed in residential areas “near the mountains in PD5 (police district)” in the west of the city, police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai said. It is not clear if a nearby police academy was the intended target.
Three civilians were wounded in the attacks and police have been deployed to find the launch site, Stanikzai added.
The rocket attacks came two days after a suicide bomber blew himself up near Kabul international airport, killing at least 23 people, including AFP driver Mohammad Akhtar. A further 107 people were wounded.
Sunday’s attack was claimed by the Islamic State group (IS), which said it had targeted Afghan Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum, who returned to Kabul after more than a year in exile.
Scores of government officials, political leaders and supporters had gone to the airport to welcome home Dostum, a powerful ethnic Uzbek leader and former warlord.
Dostum was unharmed in the attack, his armoured vehicle having already whisked him away when the bomber struck.
The attacks also came a day after top US commanders told reporters in Kabul that they were seeing progress in the nearly 17-year war. – APP


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