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