Explosion Reported Near the Kabul Airport

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There was an explosion in a neighborhood just northwest of the Kabul airport that has been the focus of the evacuations in Afghanistan, and where there was a suicide bombing on August 26.

According to reports on the ground, a rocket shell hit a residential building.

From Daily Mail:

A security official from the recently deposed US-backed government told AFP that a rocket struck a house in what is thought to be the Khajeh Baghra area near Hamid Karzai International Airport, where desperate Afghans are currently attempting to flee Taliban rule.

A source at the Afghan Ministry of Health separately told the BBC that the blast was near the airport, while two witnesses told Reuters that a house north of the airport was struck by a rocket. A Kabul police chief said a child was killed. No group immediately claimed the attack.

The reason for the explosion is not clear — whether it was intended as an attack on the airport or whether it was something else. We also now have to question any report that comes from random officials, who may be in the control of the Taliban now, as to the accuracy of what they say.

This comes after the suicide bombing at the airport on Thursday, which killed 13 American military members and over 170 Afghans, and after there was a warning of more imminent attacks anticipated, following a U.S. strike. That threat is allegedly ongoing, as they try to get out evacuees and soldiers before August 31.