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Rockets fired at Kabul airport amid US troops withdrawal; Joe Biden says another terror attack ‘highly likely’

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In this satellite photo taken by Planet Labs Inc, the military side of Kabuls international airport is seen as a military flight taxing on the tarmac on Saturday.

Rockets struck a neighbourhood near Kabul’s international airport on Monday amid the ongoing US withdrawal from Afghanistan. It wasn’t immediately clear who launched them. The rockets struck Monday morning in Kabul’s Salim Karwan neighbourhood, witnesses said. Gunfire immediately followed the explosions but it wasn’t immediately clear who was firing. 

A witness who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals said they heard the sound of three explosions and then saw a flash, like fire, in the sky. People fled after the blasts, the witness said. 

US officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment. U.S. military cargo planes continued their evacuations at the airport after the rocket fire. 

On Sunday, a US drone strike blew up a vehicle carrying ‘multiple suicide bombers’ from Afghanistan’s Islamic State affiliate before they could attack the ongoing military evacuation at Kabul’s international airport, American officials said. An Afghan official said three children were killed in the strike.

The US is to withdraw from Afghanistan by Tuesday. 

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