On November 21, a barrage of rockets launched by ISIS – Khorasan Province hit various parts of the Afghan capital, Kabul.
The Ministry of Interior Affairs said at least 23 rockets landed in the following areas:
- Wazir Akbar Khan and Shahr-e-Naw areas in downtown Kabul;
- Chahar Qala, the Traffic Roundabout, the Gul-e-Surkh Roundabout in PD4;
- Sedarat Roundabout, the Spinzar Road in the center of Kabul;
- The National Archive road in PD2;
- Lysee Maryam market and Panjsad Family areas in the north of Kabul;
- The compound of Iranian Embassy.
The large-scale rocket attack claimed the lives of eight people and injured at least 31 others. The death toll from the attack will likely rise in the upcoming hours.
According to the Afghan National Police, the rockets were launched from two areas: the market roundabout and Tahye Maskan neighborhood.
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ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement released by its new agency, Amaq. The terrorist group said 28 rockets were launched at Kabul’s Green Zone, where the headquarters of the Afghan National Army and several embassies are located.
The attack took place as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was landing in the Qatari capital, Doha, where he would meet with negotiators from both the Afghan government and the Taliban.
ISIS’ rocket attack on Kabul may have been meant to disturb the peace process that is facing serious issues. including the lack of trust between the government and the Taliban.
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