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Islamic State Claims Responsibility for Afghanistan Capital Rocket Attack

Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani (front row) attends Eid al-Adha prayers at the presidential palace, moments before the sounds of rocket explosions can be heard, in Kabul, Afghanistan on Tuesday in this still image taken from TV footage.

Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani (front row) attends Eid al-Adha prayers at the presidential palace, moments before the sounds of rocket explosions can be heard, in Kabul, Afghanistan on Tuesday in this still image taken from TV footage.

Soldiers of the caliphate targeted the presidential palace, a statement said.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for rocket attacks in the Afghan capital Tuesday that struck near the presidential palace as the country’s leader held outdoor prayers to mark Eid.

“Soldiers of the caliphate targeted the presidential palace… and the Green Zone in Kabul with seven Katyusha rockets," it said in a statement circulated on Telegram.

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first published:July 20, 2021, 19:06 IST