B.n numerous mortar shells hit the Afghan capital Kabul, at least five people were killed. A further 21 civilians were wounded in the attack, a spokesman for the Ministry of Health said on Saturday. According to the Ministry of the Interior, 14 grenades hit mostly residential areas.
Explosions occurred in densely populated areas near the central green zone and in a northern part of the city. A police spokesman said several rockets had been fired into the heavily secured embassy district.
In the heavily secured Green Zone and its surroundings, alarm sirens could be heard from embassies and shops. Unverified photos of at least two buildings that had apparently been damaged by rockets were circulating in the online network. The Interior Ministry had previously announced that two explosive devices had exploded on Saturday morning. One policeman was killed and three other officers were injured.
Afghanistan has not settled down for years. Despite an agreement with the United States on the early withdrawal of American soldiers and peace negotiations with the Afghan government, the radical Islamic Taliban have recently expanded their attacks. American Foreign Secretary Mike Pompeo had announced before the explosions in Kabul that he would speak to the Taliban negotiating delegation on a visit to Qatar.
America’s President Donald Trump wants to push ahead with the withdrawal from Afghanistan shortly before leaving office. By January 15, around 2000 of the currently around 4500 American soldiers are expected to leave the country. Critics warn that a hasty withdrawal of the army would strengthen the Taliban in Afghanistan.