Rockets hit Afghan and kills at least eight people

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Islam News – Several rockets hit residential areas in the early rush hour in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday, killing at least eight civilians and wounding 31 others, police officials said.

The explosions sent warning sirens blaring from embassies and it comes two days before a major donor conference for Afghanistan in Geneva.

Spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, Tariq Arian, said “terrorists” mounted 14 rockets in a small truck and set them off, adding that an investigation is going on to find out how the vehicle came inside the city.

Some residents filmed the rockets being fired and posted them on social media. The pictures mainly showed damaged cars, shattered windows and holes in residential homes; but, the widely shared picture was I a young brother and sister killed at their home.

One of the rockets landed in the vicinity of the Iranian embassy and several fragments hit the main building but there were no casualties among the staff, the embassy said in a statement.

Ever since peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban stalled in the Qatari capital of Doha, attacks by the Taliban and other extremist groups have been on the rise.

However, Taliban insurgents denied involvement in this attack.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo travels to Qatar on Saturday to meet with an Afghan delegation and Taliban negotiators. Source: Reuters

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