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Updated on: Sunday, August 29, 2021, 09:24 PM IST

Watch Videos: Two including child killed, three injured as rocket hits house near Kabul airport

According to Afghan media reports, at least two people including a child have been killed and three others are injured.
Watch Videos: Two including child killed, three injured as rocket hits house near Kabul airport  | Twitter/@KyleJGlen

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A rocket struck a neighbourhood just northwest of Kabul's international airport on Sunday as the US evacuation there winds down following the Taliban's lightning takeover of the country, an Afghan police chief told Associated Press.

According to Afghan media reports, at least two people including a child have been killed and three others are injured.

A health ministry official told the BBC that the blast was caused by a rocket that struck a house near to the airport. The airport was not hit directly, the official added.

Witnesses told Asvaka news agency that the blast was caused by a rocket hitting a residential house in the Gulai area of Khajeh Baghra, in the 11th security district.

Images and videos posted on social media by locals show black clouds of smoke rising into the air above buildings.

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This comes two days after devastating twin blasts killed nearly 200 people, including 13 US servicemen, outside the Kabul airport. This comes as the US is on the verge of completing its exit from Afghanistan.

US President Joe Biden had on Saturday (local time) said that another terrorist attack at Hamid Karzai International Airport is "highly likely in the next 24-36 hours." Moreover, US Embassy in Kabul had also issued a security alert for the same.

"Our commanders informed me that an attack is highly likely in the next 24-36 hours," Biden said in his statement. "I directed them to take every possible measure to prioritize force protection, and ensured that they have all the authorities, resources and plans to protect our men and women on the ground," Biden said.

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Published on: Sunday, August 29, 2021, 06:54 PM IST
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