Five rockets hit Afghan capital, 1 near US Embassy

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 4, 2009 - 12:58

Kabul: At least five rockets slammed
into Kabul at daybreak on Tuesday, one of them falling near the US
Embassy in a rare attack on the Afghan capital fewer than
three weeks before presidential elections, police and
residents said.

The explosions, heard by reporters, occurred to the
east of the city, toward the international airport and near
several residential areas.

The impact of one of the rockets could be seen about
200 metres from the US Embassy on a main road in central
Kabul. It hit the house of a senior Interior Ministry official
but caused no casualties, security officers said.

At the scene, Maj Ghulam Rasul of the Afghan national
Army said that he believed the rockets were of the long-range BM1
type, which can be fired from portable rocket launchers
positioned on the ground several miles from their target. "The
capital is closely guarded. They had to fire from far away,"
Rasul said.

Col Fatih Uddin, the security chief at the damaged
Interior Ministry house, estimated the building probably
wasn`t the main target of the attack. "Of course, it seems
that the target was more the American Embassy," Uddin said.

The US Embassy strongly questioned whether this was
the case.

"There`s no indication these rockets were targeting
any particular site in Kabul," embassy spokeswoman Fleur Cowan
said. She said the embassy had not implemented any special
security measures today beyond its usual response in cases of
indirect fire.

Bureau Report



First Published: Tuesday, August 4, 2009 - 12:58

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