Islamic State fires rockets in Kabul during independence celebration

19.08.2020

More than a dozen rockets hit residential and diplomatic areas of Kabul on Tuesday, wounding 10 people including children, the Interior Ministry said.

The Islamic State extremist group claimed responsibility for the attack, which saw at least 14 rockets fired from two vehicles shortly after President Ashraf Ghani laid a wreath at the Defence Ministry on 101st anniversary of the country's independence from British rule.

Some of the rockets landed in the Green Zone, a highly-protected area that houses the presidential palace and several embassies including the United States Embassy.

Local media reported that an additional seven people were wounded in rocket blasts in the area surrounding the palace. Two suspects have been arrested in connection with the incident, the ministry said.

Both the Taliban and the Islamic State militants are active in Afghanistan.

 

The government and Taliban militants are planning peace talks to end the decades of conflict in the country.

The attack comes a day after the government said it will not free the last batch of Taliban prisoners it holds until the militant group frees a few more Afghan soldiers in their custody.     (DPA)

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