Rockets hit Afghan capital Kabul, at least three killed

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KABUL (Reuters) – Several rockets struck residential areas in the early hours of rush hour in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday, killing at least three civilians and injuring a dozen others, police officials said.

The explosions, near the diplomatic enclave, sent warning sirens blaring from embassies and this comes two days before a major donors’ conference for Afghanistan in Geneva.

Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian said three civilians were killed in the attack and 11 injured. But a health ministry official said five bodies and 21 injured were taken to hospital as a result of the incident.

Arian said “terrorists” mounted the rockets in a small truck and triggered them, adding that an investigation was underway to find out how the vehicle entered the city.

Some locals filmed the moment the rockets were firing and posted them on social media. Several photos circulating on Facebook (NASDAQ 🙂 showed damaged cars and a hole in the side of a building.

Taliban insurgents, battling a foreign-backed administration in Kabul, have denied involvement in the attack.

Since the peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban have stalled, attacks by the Taliban and other extremist groups have increased, especially in the capital, which is home to more than five million Afghans.

Earlier this month, several gunmen stormed the Kabul University campus and killed at least 35 students, most of them college students, and injured more than 50.

The attack was claimed by the militant group Islamic State.

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