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Islamic State claims responsibility for latest rocket attack on Kabul airport

Rocket launcher tubes are seen inside a destroyed vehicle in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Khwaja Tawfiq Sediqi)
Rocket launcher tubes are seen inside a destroyed vehicle in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Khwaja Tawfiq Sediqi)

CAIRO — The Islamic State group’s affiliate in Afghanistan has claimed responsibility for today’s rocket attack in Kabul, saying it fired at least six Katyusha rockets at the airport in the Afghan capital.

The rockets stuck a neighborhood close to the Kabul airport. The claim of responsibility is carried by the militant group’s media arm, the Aamaq news agency. It doesn’t provide further details.

The US military says five rockets targeted the airport this morning and that US forces on the airfield used a defensive system to intercept them.

The attack didn’t halt the steady stream of US military C-17 cargo jets taking off and landing at Hamid Karzai International Airport.

It was the latest attack by the militants. The Islamic State group launched a devastating suicide bombing Thursday at one of the airport gates that killed at least 169 Afghans and 13 US service members.

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