US Embassy, Afghan Defense Ministry complex face dual attacks on 18th anniversary of 9/11


KABUL: As the Mainland United States somberly celebrate the18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on twin towers, a rocket explosion hits the US Embassy in Kabul while another struck the Afghan Defense Ministry complex in the early hours of September 11.

No injuries were reported at both locations.

Interior Ministry spokesman Nosrat Rahimi said in a statement, “A rocket hit a wall at the Defense Ministry, with no casualties reported.”

Inside the embassy, employees heard the following message over the loudspeaker: “An explosion caused by a rocket has occurred on compound.”

A State Department official said, “We can confirm there was an explosion near the U.S. Embassy in Kabul,” adding further, “U.S. diplomatic mission personnel were not directly impacted by this explosion.”

The blast comes right on the eve of the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States that ushered in a war that still haunts the United States. Incidentally, the attacks came just after U.S. President Donald Trump announced that peace talks with the Taliban were “dead.”

Meanwhile, relatives of 9/11 victims are expected at the Ground Zero memorial near the site of the rebuilt World Trade Center on September 11, while Trump is scheduled to join a commemoration at the Pentagon.

The anniversary ceremonies remember the nearly 3,000 people who were killed when hijacked planes struck the World Trade Center’s twin towers in New York, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania.