Afghan presidential compound hit in rocket attack on capital, Aug 18. 2020

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Afghan presidential compound hit in rocket attack on capital, Aug 18. 2020

ISLAMABAD- Kabul,Six members of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's honour guard were wounded Tuesday when

a rocket struck his palace compound, two officials told AFP.

      The rocket was one of a salvo launched into central Kabul just as officials were gathering

in the capital to commemorate Afghanistan's 101st independence day.

         Ghani had finished speaking outside the famous Arg Palace to mark the event when a

rocket landed in the sprawling compound and wounded six members of his honour guard,

two palace officials told AFP on condition of anonymity.

              The president had already wrapped up his ceremonial duties and was not

affected.

             The interior ministry did not immediately comment on the incident, but spokesman

Tareq Arian earlier said 14 rockets were fired out of two vehicles in the capital, mostly

hitting civilian homes.

               "Unfortunately, 10 civilians including four children and one woman have been

wounded," Arian said. Two suspects were arrested, he added.

               The Arg Palace is located in a highly fortified area of the capital that also

houses several embassies, and "incoming fire" alarms could be heard blaring from

the US embassy.