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Rockets fired at Kabul airport, reportedly intercepted by anti-missile system

Rockets were fired toward the Kabul airport on Monday morning and were reportedly intercepted by a US anti-missile system.

Other rockets appeared to have landed in a neighborhood outside the airport, witnesses told the Associated Press.

It was unclear who launched the rockets.

Gunfire followed the explosions in the Salim Karwan neighborhood, witnesses said.

No injuries were immediately reported.

A US official told Reuters that up to five rockets fired at the airport were intercepted.

President Biden was briefed on the rocket attack, which came a day before the US deadline to withdraw from the Taliban-controlled country, White House Jen Psaki said in a statement.

After the rocket fire, US cargo planes were spotted continuing the evacuation efforts.

A satellite photo of Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport on August 28th.
AP

“The President was informed that operations continue uninterrupted at [the airport], and has reconfirmed his order that commanders redouble their efforts to prioritize doing whatever is necessary to protect our forces on the ground,” Psaki said.

On Sunday, a US drone strike in Kabul wiped out a vehicle carrying multiple suicide bombers that posed an “imminent ISIS-K threat” to the city’s airport.

Multiple civilians, including children, were reportedly killed in the strike — possibly from a secondary explosion.

With Post wires

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