Several explosions were heard in the diplomatic district of the Afghan capital Kabul on Tuesday, but there was no immediate information on casualties, Reuters witnesses and a security official said. Photograph:( Reuters )
All the "terrorists" involved in the rocket blast at the Presidential Palace in Afghanistan's capital Kabul were killed, said a spokesperson for the interior ministry. At least nine rockets were fired, which wounded two police officers.
Reports said the blasts were heard as president Ghani was speaking during an Eid prayer ceremony.
Reports said a group of insurgents in a truck launched rockets at the Presidential Palace from the Eidgah mosque area in Kabul.
An AFP reporter could see helicopters and smoke above the Eidgah Mosque in Reka Khana district, and a heavy security presence near the Kabul Stadium.
"This morning a group of terrorists took over a building in Reka Khana and fired several rockets towards Kabul," interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish told AFP. "Two people have been wounded. Security are fighting the terrorists."
"There are groups that continue the violence and with firing of rockets they cannot stop the people of Afghanistan's development," Ghani said in response to rocket attacks.
As per the security official, some rockets fell in the presidential palace, around the embassy compounds and government buildings.
On Monday, the Taliban had rejected Afghanistan government's call for peace offer for a ceasefire and vowed to continue its attacks against the government and its foreign allies.
Last week, a suicide bomber from ISIL blew himself up in front of an education center in Kabul, killing 34. Wednesday's attack in the Shia neighbourhood of Dasht-e-Barchi left dozens more injured.
(With inputs from agencies)