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Rockets hit Afghan capital Kabul, at least eight killed

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Several rockets hit residential areas in the early rush hour in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday, killing at least eight civilians and wounding 31, police officials said.

The explosions, some close to the diplomatic enclave, sent warning sirens blaring from embassies and it comes two days before a major donor conference for Afghanistan in Geneva.

A young injured man hands stained with blood lays in bed at a hospital after several rockets targeted the downtown in Kabul, Afghanistan, 21 November 2020. According to media reports at least five person were killed and 15 others wounded as several rockets landed on the Afghanistan capital. EPA-EFE/JAWAD JALALI

Tariq Arian, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, said at least eight civilians had been killed in the attack and 31 wounded. A health ministry official said five bodies and 21 injured were taken to the hospital from the incident.

Three injured young men lay in bed at a hospital after several rockets targeted the downtown in Kabul, Afghanistan, 21 November 2020. According to media reports at least five person were killed and 15 others wounded as several rockets landed on the Afghanistan capital. EPA-EFE/JAWAD JALALI

Arian said “terrorists” mounted 14 rockets in a small truck and set them off, adding that an investigation is going on to find out how the vehicle came inside the city.

Some residents filmed the rockets being fired and posted them on social media. Several pictures circulating on Facebook showed damaged cars, shattered windows and holes in residential homes.

A picture of a young brother and sister, whom officials said were killed in their home, was widely shared on Facebook.

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