Rocket blast at US Em­bassy in Kabul on 9/11 an­niver­sary

The Morning Call - - NATION & WORLD -

KABUL, Afghanista­n — A rocket ex­ploded at the U.S. Em­bassy in Afghanista­n just min­utes into Wed­nes­day, the an­niver­sary of the 9/11 at­tack on the U.S., but of­fi­cials de­clared all-clear about an hour later and re­ported no in­juries.

A plume of smoke rose over cen­tral Kabul shortly af­ter mid­night and sirens could be heard. In­side the em­bassy, em­ploy­ees heard this mes­sage over the loud­speaker: “An ex­plo­sion caused by a rocket has oc­curred on com­pound.”

It was the first ma­jor at­tack in the Afghan cap­i­tal since Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump abruptly called off U.S.-Tal­iban talks over the week­end, on the brink of an ap­par­ent deal to end Amer­ica’s long­est war.

The an­niver­sary of the Sept. 11, 2001, at­tacks mas­ter­minded by Osama bin Laden is a sen­si­tive day in Afghanista­n’s cap­i­tal and one on which at­tacks have oc­curred.

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