Rockets struck a neighbourhood near the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul on Monday, reported US Today. The White House later confirmed the rocket attacks early Monday as the US is nearing its Afghanistan evacuation deadline.
Several rockets were heard flying over Kabul on Monday morning, reported AFP. This comes as the country is about to end its evacuation operation in the Taliban led state following the August 31 deadline set by US President Joe Biden.
The rocket attacks come a day after the United States launched an airstrike to destroy an explosive-laden car hours after President Joe Biden warned of another terror attack in the capital as a massive airlift of tens of thousands of Afghans entered its last days.
After the US airstrike, a CNN report, as well as local media, reported that nine civilians, including six children, were also killed in the air attack that took place on Sunday in Kabul.
Responding to the claims, a spokesman for US Central Command (CENTCOM) said that the US is investigating if civilians were killed in the airstrike.
"We are still assessing the results of this strike, which we know disrupted an imminent ISIS-K threat to the airport," Captain Bill Urban, a CENTCOM spokesman, said in using an acronym for the Afghan branch of the Islamic State group, which carried out a suicide attack at the airport on Thursday.
On Thursday, Kabul was hit by two bombings. The United States, which has lost its 13 soldiers in the Kabul airport attack, launched a drone strike in Nangahar targeting an ISIS-K member believed to be involved in planning attacks against the US in Kabul on Saturday.
The United States has so far evacuated and facilitated the shifting of more than 109,200 people from Afghanistan since August 14.