The flames of the ongoing civil war in Afghanistan have now reached the Afghan President’s residence located in the capital, Kabul. At least three rockets were fired near Rashtrapati Bhavan in Afghanistan on Tuesday, shortly before President Ashraf Ghani’s Eid-al-Adha speech.
In the viral video of the incident released by local news channel Tolo News, it is seen that several rockets exploded one after the other. It is being told that President Ashraf Ghani and other leaders and officials of the country were participating during the Eid prayers.
Interior ministry spokesman Mirwaiz Stanikzai said there were no casualties in the rocket attacks. The rockets fell outside the tight security Rashtrapati Bhavan. So far no one has claimed any responsibility for the attack. According to the report, it appears that the motive of the attack was to create more tension than to cause harm.
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Rashtrapati Bhavan is located in the middle of a so-called Green Zone, which is surrounded by huge cement walls and barbed wire and the roads near it have also been closed for a long time. These attacks come at a time when the full withdrawal of US and NATO forces from Afghanistan is in the final stages and chaos and violence are once again increasing in the war-torn country.
At the same time, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, while addressing the nation after the morning prayers on Eid-ul-Azha, said that this Eid is in the name of honoring the sacrifice and courage of the Afghan army, especially in the last three months which they have contributed. He said the Taliban had no intention or desire for peace. Whereas we have proved that we are ready to make sacrifices for peace.
Video by national TV shows the moment rockets landed near the Presidential Palace during Eid prayers this morning. pic.twitter.com/WmEniyfLfM
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According to news agency AP, Ghani called his government’s decision to release five thousand Taliban prisoners to start peace talks last year as a big mistake and said it only strengthened the rebels.
He said that we have released five thousand prisoners to start peace talks, but till date the Taliban have not shown any serious or meaningful interest in peace talks.
Abdullah Abdullah, the second highest official in the government, was present inside the Rashtrapati Bhavan when Tuesday’s attack took place. He had returned only on Monday after holding peace talks with the Taliban in Qatar.
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