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AFP
December 19, 2020

Five rockets fired at major US airbase in Kabul, no causalities: officials

World

AFP
Sat, Dec 19, 2020
Members of the Czech Army use an armed vehicle to provide security while they rest at an Afghanistan National Army base between patrols near Bagram Airfield in Parwan. — AFP/Files 

KABUL: Afghan officials said Saturday that a major US airbase north of Kabul was targeted in a dawn rocket attack on Saturday, but there were no casualties or damage to the airfield.

Five rockets were fired at Bagram Airfield at 6am, said Parwan province spokeswoman Waheeda Shahkar, adding that police had defused another seven rockets mounted on a vehicle used in the attack.

A NATO official also confirmed the assault.

"Rockets were fired towards Bagram Airfield this morning. Initial reporting is there were no casualties and the airfield was not damaged," the official said.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, and the Taliban denied any involvement.

The extremist Daesh group previously claimed responsibility for a similar rocket attack on the base in April.

In recent months, Daesh has claimed several assaults in Kabul, including two deadly rocket attacks that struck residential areas in the capital.

The group also claimed brutal attacks on two separate educational centres in Kabul that killed dozens of people — most of them students.

Saturday's attack came a day after 15 children were killed when an explosives-laden motorbike blew up near a religious gathering in eastern Ghazni province.