A live television broadcast showed rockets landing near the Afghan presidential palace in Kabul on Tuesday during prayers for the Muslim holiday of Eidul Adha.
No injuries were reported at the time. According to TV reports, President Ashraf Ghani and others in the region had to stop praying when several powerful explosions rocked the region.
Participants panicked after the blasts, according to a video released by local media.
According to Tolonews, the rockets were launched from the Parwan-e-Se neighborhood in Kabul District 18, north of the city. “The rockets landed in the areas of Bagh-e-Ali Mardan and Chaman-e-Hozori in District 1 of Kabul and the area of Manabe Bashari in District 2 of Kabul,” he added.
A national television video shows the moment rockets landed near the presidential palace during Eid prayers this morning. pic.twitter.com/WmEniyfLfM
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The first rocket attack on Kabul since the Taliban began a series of offensives coinciding with the final withdrawal of Western forces from the war-torn nation, despite no immediate claims of credit.
The sound of the oncoming missiles shattered the quiet of the early morning vacation audible through the highly guarded Green Zone, which is home to the Presidential Palace as well as many embassies, including the US Mission.
“All the rockets hit three different parts,” Interior Ministry spokesman Mirwais Stanikzai said.
Three rockets appeared to have been launched from a van, he said.
“Based on our initial information, we have no casualties. “
Ghani began his speech in the country minutes after the attack, in the presence of several of his senior officials.
Last year, when hundreds of people attended President Ashraf Ghani’s inauguration ceremony, the presidential palace was attacked, forcing some to escape.
Daesh claimed responsibility for the explosions.
Tuesday’s attack comes as the Taliban launch a massive offensive across the country as foreign troops near the end of a troop withdrawal that is expected to end on August 31.
It also comes a day after more than a dozen diplomatic missions in Kabul called for an “urgent end” to the Taliban’s military offensive, saying it was at odds with claims they want a deal. policy to end the conflict.
The statement comes after another round of unproductive negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban in Doha over the weekend, which many believed would revive the stalled peace process.
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