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Rocket struck near the US Embassy in Afghanistan just after the clock struck midnight on the anniversary of 9/11

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Business Insider

A rocket struck near the US Embassy in Afghanistan just after the clock struck midnight on the anniversary of 9/11

by Bill Bostock

  • A rocket narrowly missed the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday in the first few minutes of the 18th anniversary of 9/11.
  • Loudspeakers throughout the building broadcast the message "an explosion caused by a rocket has occurred on compound," The Associated Press reported.
  • The rocket hit Afghanistan's defense ministry, but no one was injured, an official told Gulf News.
  • Over the weekend, President Donald Trump scrapped negotiations between the US and the Taliban aiming to secure an end to the war in Afghanistan.
  • A US service member was killed by a Taliban car bomb on Thursday, which Trump cited as the catalyst for the abrupt end to the talks.

A rocket narrowly missed the US Embassy compound in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday during the first few minutes of the 18th anniversary of 9/11.

Loudspeakers inside the office broadcast a warning that "an explosion caused by a rocket has occurred on compound," The Associated Press reported.

No one was injured, the nearby NATO mission told the AP.

A US State Department official told Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty: "We can confirm there was an explosion near the US Embassy in Kabul. US mission personnel were not directly impacted by this explosion."

Read more: https://www.businessinsider.com/us-embassy-kabul-hit-rocket-911-anniversary-2019-9