Rocket launcher tubes are seen inside a destroyed vehicle in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Aug. 30, 2021.

A civilian vehicle was apparently used as an improvised platform to launch several rockets towards Afghanistan’s Kabul international airport on Monday.

The rockets, however, were intercepted by the U.S. Air defence. 

Video obtained by CNN showed the vehicle in flames on a street in Kabul’s Khair Khana neighborhood after the rockets were fired. 

The incinerated remnants of the car are covered with debris, the glass missing from all windows and rubber melted from the tires. The car appears to have been modified with six launch tubes, which are visible inside the car’s charred skeleton.

Zia ud Din, a potato-chip seller whose house was next to where the car was parked, heard the bang of the rockets launching. 

“There were a few big bangs, we all were inside the house — the whole family — when we heard the loud bangs, we ran into the garden, everything caught fire,” he said. 

“Fortunately, no one is killed or injured.”

Eyewitnesses said one of the rockets hit a nearby building. A rocket impact was visible on a nearby high-rise tower. Taliban fighters and eyewitnesses said there were no casualties in the building.

Taliban fighters had initially cordoned off the area, telling bystanders the situation remained dangerous, though they later allowed journalists on the street.

The White House confirming the attack, said that evacuation operations at the airport were not interrupted.

A US official told CNN the rockets were likely launched by ISIS-K, but cautioned it was too early to know for sure.

The attack comes a day after the US forces launched second drone attack in Afghanistan after Thursday’s suicide bombing at the airport that left nearly 200 people dead. At least 13 US troops were also among those killed.

The US said it had wanted to take out suicide bombers in the latest drone attack in Kabul but media reports say several children were killed in the incident that destroyed a car laden with explosives.


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