A number of rockets hit residential areas within the early rush hour within the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday, killing a minimum of eight civilians and wounding 31, police officers stated.
The explosions, some near the diplomatic enclave, despatched warning sirens blaring from embassies and it comes two days earlier than a significant donor convention for Afghanistan in Geneva.
Tariq Arian, spokesperson for the Ministry of Inside, stated a minimum of eight civilians had been killed within the assault and 31 wounded. A well being ministry official stated 5 our bodies and 21 injured have been taken to the hospital from the incident.
Arian stated “terrorists” mounted 14 rockets in a small truck and set them off, including that an investigation is occurring to learn the way the car got here inside town.
Some residents filmed the rockets being fired and posted them on social media. A number of footage circulating on Fb confirmed broken automobiles, shattered home windows and holes in residential properties.
An image of a younger brother and sister, who officers stated have been killed of their dwelling, was extensively shared on Fb.
One of many rockets landed within the neighborhood of the Iranian embassy and a number of other fragments hit the principle constructing however there have been no casualties among the many workers, the embassy stated in a press release.
Since peace talks between the Afghan authorities and the Taliban stalled within the Qatari capital of Doha, assaults by the Taliban and different extremist teams have been on the rise, particularly within the capital that’s dwelling to greater than 5 million Afghans.
Taliban insurgents, preventing in opposition to a foreign-backed Kabul administration, denied involvement within the assault.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was travelling to Qatar on Saturday to satisfy with an Afghan delegation and Taliban negotiators.
Early this month, a number of gunmen stormed Kabul College campus and killed a minimum of 35, most of them college students and wounded greater than 50.
The assault was claimed by the militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).