BLASTS ROCK AFGHANISTAN AS KERRY MEETS WITH LEADERS
According to reports at least two blasts and gunshots were heard in the diplomatic area of Kabul as US Secretary of State visited the capital. The visit was unannounced on Saturday aiming to provide support for Afghanistan’s National Unity Government as well as to discuss security and development issues.
Kabul police confirmed a rocket attack targeting a building close to the US Embassy and another rocket reportedly struck an area near Afghanistan’s Presidential Palace, according to Al-Jazeera news. This comes just weeks after rockets struck the parliament building on March 27th.
The attacks sustained no casualties and according to the locals, one more rocket hit Durani high school, while another landed near a hotel close to the Presidential Palace.
No extremist group has taken responsibility for the attack, but most of the similar incidents are connected to the Taliban group in this country.
“Militants attack schools, because they are against education, they don’t want the country to have schools, to have law and to have knowledge.” said an Afghan citizen named Mosleh.
Kerry met with President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdulllah and Foreign Minister Salauddin Rabbani.
It was reported that there had been a good exchange of opinions during the meeting.
Kerry also promised that Washington would continue to promote development and ensure security for Afghan citizens.
Reports also indicate that the US Secretary of State said that the unity government in Afghanistan would complete its five-year constitutional term as the political deal he brokered between the two Afghan leaders in September 2014 had no set expiry date.
Mr. Kerry’s visit happens at a time when NATO forces are increasingly being deployed in battle zones to support Afghan Forces fighting against terrorists.
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