Five rockets fired at Kabul airport, intercepted by defense system
KABUL: Five rockets were fired at the Kabul airport on Monday morning, but, as per reports, the rockets were intercepted mid-air by the defence system. It is not clear whether all the rockets were brought down or not by the system.
The attack has taken place as the United States is near completion of its withdrawal from Afghanistan after Taliban took control of the government.
Later, reports claimed that a sixth rocket hit a car near the airport. This should be noted that America is responsible for security of the airport and defend it if rockets are fired at Kabul airport.
Few days ago, two blasts had left over 100 people dead, including 13 US soldiers, at the same location. The Islamic State had claimed the responsibility of the airport carnage. Following the incident, president of United States Joe Biden had pledged to take revenge of the attacks. “We will hunt you down and make you pay. I will defend our interests in our people with every measure at my command,” he had said.
On August 27, the United States had carried out a drone strike in Nangarhar province of eastern Afghanistan, killing a “mastermind” of an ISIS-affiliated group called ISKP or Islamic Sate-Khurasan Province.
Moreover, Captain Bill Urban of the US Central Command had confirmed that no civilian causalities occurred during the airstrike. Meanwhile, the US had claimed to have evacuated about 111,000 people in a week after Taliban took over Kabul on August 15.
US Central Command General McKenzie had said that ISIS attacks were likely to continue. He had said 1,000 troops were still in Afghanistan and the withdrawal process would continue.
A Taliban official had told media that there was no need to extend the August 31 deadline for foreign forces to leave the country. “We have lost more people than the Americans,” he had emphasised.