KABUL (Dispatches) – A rocket reportedly exploded near the U.S. embassy in the Afghan capital city shortly after midnight on Wednesday on the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, AP said.
Netizens have shared photos of alleged rocket explosion in social media.
According to AP, citing embassy officials, a projectile exploded just minutes into Wednesday. Inside the embassy, the staffers reportedly heard that the blast had been caused by a rocket that hit the compound.
Officials at the compound declared an all-clear about an hour later and reported no injuries, according to the media report. The nearby NATO mission also said that no personnel had been injured, AP reported.
According to AFP, citing Afghan's interior ministry spokesman, Nosrat Rahimi, "a rocket hit a wall at the defense ministry, with no casualties reported".
No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Violence in Afghanistan has escalated amid talks between the United States and the Taliban, which has in recent days conducted a number of attacks that have killed dozens of people in the war-torn country.
On Monday, U.S. President Donald Trump said that U.S. talks with the Taliban were 'dead' after the group claimed responsibility for an attack that killed a U.S. service member in Kabul on 5 September.
Last week, several civilians and two members of the NATO mission lost their lives when two Taliban car bombs shook Kabul.
Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations has urged the U.S. to withdraw from its military forces Afghanistan, saying Washington has no other option but to pull its troops out of the country.