A person appears to be like up as he reacts to the sounds of rocket explosions touchdown close to the presidential palace, throughout an outside gathering for Eid al-Adha prayers attended by President Ashraf Ghani (entrance row), within the palace compound, in Kabul, Afghanistan, July 20, 2021, on this nonetheless picture taken from TV footage. RTA/by way of REUTERS
July 20, 2021
KABUL (Reuters) -Rockets hit the Afghan capital on Tuesday, touchdown close to the presidential palace throughout prayers for the Muslim pageant of Eid al-Adha, officers and media mentioned, nevertheless it was not instantly clear who was behind the assault.
Three rockets landed exterior the palace, mentioned inside ministry spokesperson Mirwais Stanekzai, including that there have been no speedy studies of accidents.
The assault interrupted an outside gathering for prayers within the palace compound attended by President Ashraf Ghani, tv photos confirmed.
The prayers continued amid the sound of explosions, nevertheless, and Ghani later delivered a speech from an outside podium, broadcast on native media.
Insecurity has been rising in Afghanistan, largely spurred by preventing in its provinces as overseas troops withdraw and Taliban insurgents launch main offensives, taking districts and border crossings.
In contrast to some earlier years, the Taliban didn’t declare a ceasefire throughout the Eid vacation this yr.
On Monday, 15 diplomatic missions and the NATO consultant in Kabul urged the Taliban to halt offensives, simply hours after the insurgents and the Afghan authorities didn’t agree on a ceasefire at talks in Doha.
(Reporting by Abdul Qadir Sediqi; writing by Charlotte Greenfield; Modifying by Raju Gopalakrishnan and Clarence Fernandez)