A huge rocket blast rocked Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul near the U.S. Embassy just minutes into the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
Sirens could be heard as a plume of smoke rose over central Kabul shortly after midnight.
Inside the embassy, employees heard a message over the embassy loudspeakers, “An explosion caused by a rocket has occurred on the compound.”
Officials told the Associated Press that no one was hurt and military personnel eventually gave the all-clear.
The nearby NATO mission also said that no personnel had been injured.
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Afghan’s interior ministry spokesman, Nosrat Rahimi, stated: “a rocket hit a wall at the defence ministry, with no casualties reported”.
The late-night attack came days after President Trump decided abruptly called off a secret meeting he had scheduled with leaders of the Taliban.
The 9/11 anniversary is a sensitive day in Afghanistan’s capital.
A U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan shortly after the 2001 attack overthrew the Taliban, who had harbored Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaida leader, and attacks mastermind.
Al-Qaeda is terrorist groups banned in Russia and many other countries.
There are currently about 14,000 troops stationed in Afghanistan.
Trump has called their continued presence there “ridiculous” after so long and so many billions of dollars spent.