Rockets hit Kabul

At least two people have been injured when four rockets were fired at the Afghan capital Kabul and a fifth landed near a NATO-led peacekeepers' base.

    Peacekeepers fear an increase in attacks ahead of election

    The attack on Thursday came two days after campaigning began for next month's presidential election in the war-ravaged country.

    "There were four impacts downtown and a fifth impact near Camp Warehouse," International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) spokesman Lieutenant Commander Ken Mackillop said.

    A woman and a child were injured in the attack, Kabul police chief General Babajan said.

    The four rockets were all fired at the same district, he added. One of the rockets fell in a garden next to a mud-brick house.

    Casualties

    "One woman has been injured in my neighbour's house, she has been taken to the hospital," said Abdul Wakeel, a local resident.

    Other neighbours said an 11-year-old boy was also injured.

    Deputy police chief Mutahullah Khan Rahmani said two rockets were fired from north-eastern Kabul and fell on the houses of an Afghan colonel and a police officer but neither exploded.

    Remnants of the Taliban – driven out of power by the US-led forces in December 2001 - have vowed to disrupt Afghanistan's 9 October polls.

    In less than two months there have been five rocket strikes on Kabul, not including Thursday's, compared with a total of around 20 since 2002.

    On 29 August, a car bomb blast hit a US security firm in the capital, killing between seven and nine people.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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