Kabul : A rocket exploded at the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan in the intervening night of Wednesday just minutes into the anniversary of the 9/11 attack on the United States, but officials at the compound declared all-clear about an hour later and reported no injuries.
Smoke plummeted above shortly after midnight and sirens could be heard in central Kabul. Inside the embassy, employees heard this message over the loudspeaker, “An explosion caused by a rocket has occurred on compound.”
There was no immediate comment from Afghan officials. The NATO mission, which is nearby, also said no personnel had been injured.
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 9/11 anniversary is a sensitive day in Afghanistan’s capital and one on which attacks have occurred. A U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan shortly after the 2001 attack toppled the Taliban, who had harboured Osama bin Laden, the Al-Qaida leader and attacks mastermind.