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Rocket hits U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan minutes into 9/11 anniversary

2019-09-11

A rocket exploded at the U.S. Embassy compound in Afghanistan just minutes after midnight on Wednesday, the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States.

No injuries were reported and no one has claimed responsibility for the blast.

“An explosion caused by a rocket has occurred on compound,” said a loudspeaker message shortly after the explosion, embassy employees told The Associated Press.

The blast sent a plume of smoke over central Kabul, but officials declared the site was clear about an hour later.

#BREAKING: Blast in #Kabul pic.twitter.com/laIcWyHjnq

The attack comes days after President Trump called off a secret meeting that he was scheduled to hold with Taliban and Afghan leaders at Camp David. The planned peace talks were canceled because of a Taliban attack in Kabul last week that killed a dozen people, including a U.S. service member, the president said.

“They’re dead,” Trump told reporters this week when asked about the peace talks. “As far as I’m concerned, they’re dead.”

Taliban’s protection of al-Qaida terrorists led the U.S. to invade Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks, launching America’s longest and ongoing war.

The group said Trump would regret calling off the negotiations and warned that his decision “would not harm anyone else but the Americans themselves."

With News Wire Services