Blast at US embassy in Kabul

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Blast at US embassy in Kabul

A rocket exploded at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan just minutes into Wednesday, the anniversary of the 9/11 attack on the United States, but officials at the compound declared all-clear about an hour later and reported no injuries.

A plume of smoke rose over central Kabul shortly after midnight and sirens could be heard. Inside the embassy, employees heard this message over the loudspeaker: ‘An explosion caused by a rocket has occurred on compound.’

There was no immediate comment from Afghan officials. The NATO mission, which is nearby, also said no personnel had been injured.

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It was the first major attack in the Afghan capital since President Donald Trump abruptly called off U.S.-Taliban talks over the weekend, on the brink of an apparent deal to end America’s longest war.

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