On Monday morning, local time, rockets were fired at Kabul airport, raising the prospect of terror strikes as the US rushes to finish its withdrawal from Afghanistan by the August 31 deadline.
Three kids were killed in a US drone strike targeting multiple suicide bombers’ planning an attack on Hamid Karzai International Airport, only hours after President Joe Biden cautioned of the danger of another attack after last week’s bombing that killed 170 people, including 13 Americans.
Two cars parked outside a residential building near the airport in the north of Afghanistan’s capital were blown up, according to witnesses. ISIS-K fighters were expected to use the trucks in an ‘imminent attack, according to reports.
A US official told Reuters that as many as five missiles were fired this morning, with some being intercepted by the C-RAM missile defense system, though it was unclear if all were.
Initial reports did not suggest any U.S. casualties, according to the official, but that information might change. It wasn’t evident who started them right away.
The rockets were fired from a vehicle in the city’s north, according to a security official who worked in the former Afghan administration that was overthrown by the Taliban.
Local neighbors reported witnessing rockets exploding in the air and fragments falling into the street, indicating at least one rocket had been intercepted. Smoke could be seen rising near the airport, and the sound of the airport’s missile defense system could be heard.
Witnesses told the Associated Press that missiles seemed to target Kabul’s Salim Karwan district on Monday. The blasts were quickly followed by gunfire, but it was unclear who was firing.