Mortar shells hit Afghan capital, killing civilian

Mortar shells hit Afghan capital, killing civilian
At least one person has been killed in the explosion at Kabul.
1 min read
12 December, 2020
The explosion occurred in Kabul [Getty]

An early morning barrage of mortar shells slammed into the Afghan capital on Saturday, killing at least one civilian and wounding a second.

Two shells hit the compound of Kabul's Hamid Karzai International Airport.

The shells were fired from the northern edge of the capital and from a vehicle, a government spokesman said.

No one took immediate responsibility for the attack.

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An eyewitness, Abdul Ghafoor recounts the events:

"It was around 06:30 (02:00 GMT), I was going to work, I heard a dangerous sound than came closer to the site and saw mortars firing from a vehicle, nine mortars were fired, the vehicle burnt itself at the end."

Afghanistan's Islamic State affiliate has carried out similar attacks in the past, including last month when it claimed credit for firing over two dozen mortar rounds that killed eight civilians and wounded 31.

The IS affiliate, known as IS in Khorasan Province, has claimed responsibility for a series of devastating attacks in Kabul in recent months including on educational institutions that killed at least 50 people, most of them students.

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