ISIS has officially claimed responsibility for the recent rocket attack on the Presidential Palace in the Afghan capital, Kabul.
The attack took place in the morning of July 20, during prayers for the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha. President Ashraf Ghani and other Afghan officials were praying at an outdoor gathering when three rockets landed in Bagh-e-Ali Mardan and Chaman-e-Hozori areas in Kabul’s District 1 and Manabe Bashari area in District 2, all located near the Presidential Palace. No casualties were reported.
Video by national TV shows the moment rockets landed near the Presidential Palace during Eid prayers this morning. pic.twitter.com/WmEniyfLfM
— TOLOnews (@TOLOnews) July 20, 2021
ISIS said that the attack also targeted Kabul’s Green Zone, where several diplomatic missions are situated. The terrorist group’s news agency shared photos showing seven 107 mm rockets which were used in the attack.
The rockets were fired from an improvised launcher hidden in the trunk of a Toyota Corolla car that was parked by ISIS terrorists in the Parwan-e-Se area in Kabul’s District 18.
— Dr. Drexluddin Khan Spiveyzai Kayani (Drexy Baba) (@RisboLensky) July 20, 2021
The rocket attack came as the US is withdrawing what’s left of its troops from Afghanistan. The Taliban has been also advancing on several frontlines, further destabilizing the already fragile situation in the country.
ISIS is poised to benefit from the recent raise of violence between the Afghan government and the Taliban. The lack of progress in the intra-Afghan peace process has been playing in favor of the terrorist group.
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