- Title: Rockets target U.S. troops as Afghanistan withdrawal enters final stage
- Date: 30th August 2021
- Summary: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN (AUGUST 30, 2021) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF PEOPLE GATHERED AROUND THE DESTROYED VEHICLE VARIOUS OF DESTROYED INTERIOR OF VEHICLE (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) KABUL RESIDENT, FAROGH DANISH, SAYING: "It was six o'clock in the morning when the sound of an explosion was heard here, and I came to see the area of the explosion. I think they fired at the airport from here. Unfortunately, most of the casualties are civilians and poor people." PEOPLE GATHERED AROUND DESTROYED VEHICLE, TRAFFIC PASSING (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) KABUL RESIDENT, FAROGH DANISH, SAYING: "The situation is people are terrified and worried about the future, worried that the rocket launching might continue." PEOPLE GATHERED AROUND DESTROYED VEHICLE, TRAFFIC PASSING (SOUNDBITE) (Pashto) KABUL RESIDENT, GHARZAI, SAYING: "Our house is here. We were sitting in our home when a terrible explosion occurred, and I thought a rocket hit somewhere. When I looked out of the gate, I saw rockets being fired at the airport from a car. It was a terrible accident. There were loud noises, and I did not understand if it was six or seven firings." DESTROYED VEHICLE PERSON WATCHING SMOKE RISING AMONG BUILDINGS IN DISTANCE VARIOUS OF SMOKE RISING AMONG BUILDINGS
- Embargoed: 13th September 2021 09:17
- Keywords: Afghanistan Kabul U.S. anti-missile defenses car destroyed explosion rocket launching smoke vehicle
- Location: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
- City: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
- Country: Afghanistan
- Topics: Asia / Pacific,Bombing (non-military),Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA001ESGZGW7
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- Story Text: U.S. anti-missile defences intercepted as many as five rockets that were fired at Kabul's airport early on Monday (August 30), a U.S. official said, as the United States rushed to complete its withdrawal from Afghanistan to end its longest war.
Afghan media said Monday's rocket attack was launched from the back of a vehicle. The Pajhwok news agency said several rockets struck different parts of the Afghan capital.
In videos obtained by Reuters, locals were seen gathered around the vehicle, which had been completely burnt. A large plume of black smoke was also seen rising among buildings from a distance.
American forces had earlier on Sunday launched a drone strike targeting a suicide bomber in a vehicle who was also aiming to attack the airport. There is increasing concern that Islamic State militants will launch further attacks as U.S. troops hurry to evacuate more people, before completing their own withdrawal by August 31.
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