Prayers near Pakistani presidential palace shook by several missiles during Eid Prayers

© CC BY-SA 3.0 / Masoud Akbari / Presidential Palace - Kabul

The rocket attack comes as the United States prepares to leave the country, as well as the Taliban's expanding prominence, which is waging an offensive against government forces across the country.

During the Eid al-Adha prayer on Tuesday, several missiles landed near the presidential palace in central Kabul.

There were no injuries, according to Interior Ministry spokesman Mirwais Stanikzai, and the missiles landed outside the strongly protected royal grounds.

At least three explosions were heard near the palace, according to local media.

On live television, the moment the rockets fell near the palace was captured. Despite repeated loud explosions, the country's president, Ashraf Ghani, continued to pray, according to the film.

The missiles were said to have been fired around 03:30 GMT and were heard across the strongly protected Green Zone, which houses the palace and numerous embassies, including the US mission.

The Afghan government and the Taliban* published a joint statement earlier today stating that high-level negotiations to establish an accord will continue.

The Taliban have increased their attacks in recent months as the evacuation of foreign troops from Afghanistan nears completion, following the United States' plan to entirely withdraw its personnel from the war-torn country by the 20th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Publish : 2021-07-20 10:49:00

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