President Ashraf Ghani Who Still Prays When Rocket Hits

President Ashraf Ghani Who Still Prays When Rocket Hits

Afghan officials said rockets had landed near Afghanistan's presidential palace in Kabul during Eid al-Adha prayers. Reuters reported no injuries. Until now, it is still unknown who was behind the attack.

UMMATIMES - Despite several loud explosions, President Ashraf Ghani continued to pray. Rockets fired around 8 a.m. local time were heard in the heavily fortified Green Zone, which houses the palace and several embassies including the US mission.

After the prayer, Ghani delivered a speech from an open podium that was broadcast on local media. According to Interior Ministry spokesman Mirwais Stanekzai, at least three rockets landed in Kabul at the start of the Muslim holiday.

“Today the enemies of Afghanistan launched rocket attacks in various parts of the city of Kabul. All the rockets hit three different parts. Based on our initial information until now there have been no victims and our side is continuing to investigate," said Stanekzai, quoted by Al Jazeera, Tuesday (20/7).

Previously, rockets had been aimed at the presidential palace several times and the last time was in December. The attack coincided with Taliban attacks across the country as foreign troops ended a troop withdrawal scheduled to be completed on August 31.

Unlike several years ago, the Taliban did not declare a ceasefire over the holiday holiday this year despite urgent calls from Afghan civil society and the international community to end the fighting.

On Monday, 15 diplomatic missions and representatives of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Kabul urged the Taliban to halt attacks just hours after the group and the Afghan government failed to agree on a ceasefire at talks in Doha.

“The Taliban attack is in direct contradiction to their claims. This has resulted in the loss of innocent Afghan lives, including through targeted killings, displacement of civilians, looting and burning of buildings, destruction of vital infrastructure, and breakdown of communication networks," the statement said.