Rockets land near Afghan presidential palace, Taliban deny responsibility

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Taliban insurgents denied they were progressive successful the onslaught connected the heavy fortified palace

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A antheral looks up arsenic helium reacts to the sounds of rocket explosions landing adjacent the statesmanlike palace, during an outdoor gathering for Eid al-Adha prayers attended by President Ashraf Ghani (front row), successful the palace compound, successful Kabul, Afghanistan, July 20, 2021, successful this inactive representation taken from TV footage. RTA/via REUTERS


KABUL:

Rockets deed the Afghan superior connected Tuesday, landing adjacent the statesmanlike palace during prayers for the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha, but President Ashraf Ghani and galore others calmly continued praying astatine an outdoor gathering, TV images showed.

Three rockets landed extracurricular the palace, said interior ministry spokesperson Mirwais Stanekzai, adding that determination were nary contiguous reports of injuries.

Taliban insurgents denied they were progressive successful the onslaught connected the heavy fortified palace. Spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid told Reuters successful a dependable connection the fighters were successful a "state of defence" during the Eid spiritual holiday. Unlike immoderate erstwhile years, the Taliban person not officially declared a ceasefire for Eid this week.

Mujahid did not instantly reply erstwhile asked if the Taliban's antiaircraft stance constituted a ceasefire.

Television images showed Ghani and dozens of others kneeling for supplication arsenic the archetypal detonation was heard. Most continued to commune arsenic information guards could beryllium seen successful the inheritance hurrying toward the dependable of the blasts.

Insurgents person for years fired rockets into the metropolis each present and then, usually inflicting lone insignificant harm and fewer if immoderate casualties.

In March past year, 4 rockets fell connected the borderline of the palace compound during Ghani's inauguration arsenic president. Islamic State insurgents claimed responsibility.

Insecurity has been increasing successful Afghanistan successful caller weeks, mostly spurred by warring successful its provinces arsenic U.S.-led overseas troops implicit their withdrawal and the Taliban motorboat large offensives, taking districts and borderline crossings.

On Monday, 15 diplomatic missions and the NATO typical successful Kabul urged the Taliban to halt offensives, conscionable hours aft the insurgents and the Afghan authorities failed to hold connected a ceasefire astatine talks successful Doha.

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