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Anti-missile defence system intercepts five rockets fired by IS-K militants at Kabul airport
All the five rockets fired by the IS-K militants on Monday morning were intercepted by the airport's anti-missile defence system and there was no damage or casualties. The White House confirmed the attacks, and claimed that the airport operations were uninterrupted. On Sunday night a US drone had destroyed a car bomb and killed its occupants in the city. Retaliating the Thursday attack on the airport, a drone had also struck and killed two militant leaders near Jalalabad on Friday night.

KABUL, Aug 30: The IS-K militants fired five rockets at the Kabul airport on Monday morning even as the US-led evacuation of Americans and allies was winding down to beat the Tuesday deadline. Sources said all the rockets were intercepted by the airport's anti-missile defence system and there was no damage or casualties.

While confirming the attacks, the White House said the airport operations were uninterrupted. President Biden asked the commanders to redouble their efforts to do whatever is required to protect the Americans and retaliate any attacks, a White House statement said.

The State Department said it will hold a virtual meeting of representatives from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, Turkey, Qatar, the European Union and the NATO immediately to discuss Afghanistan.

An AFP photographer took visuals of an IS-K car bomb with a launcher system still visible inside the vehicle in the city near to the airport which was struck remotely by the Americans on Sunday night as the militants were preparing for another attack on the airport, killing two of them. Captain Bill Urban, of the US Central Command, said he regretted there may have been civilian casualties too.

The IS-K had owned up Thursday's suicide bomb attack at the airport gate that killed over 100 Afghans among the crowd waiting to fly out and 13 American soldiers.

Following Thursday's bomb attack on the airport, the US military had hit and killed three militant leaders near Jalalabad on Friday night, with a drone operated from a West Asian base.

The US and allies have so far evacuated 1,20,000 people, mostly friendly Afghans fleeing the Taliban, and now the troops are preparing themselves to leave.

Meanwhile, in the first attack since the Taliban took over Kabul on August 15, gunfire from across the Afghan border killed two Pakistani soldiers, the army said. The army said it retaliated and killed two or three attackers. The incident on Sunday was in Pakistan’s Bajaur district. Bajaur is one of several lawless tribal regions along the Afghan border which shelter fighters like the Pakistan Taliban, TTP.

Pakistan Taliban has been accused of the suicide attack in northern Pakistan in July that killed nine Chinese workers and four Pakistanis.

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