Rocket attack on Afghan capital kills 1

AP News
Posted: Nov 13, 2012 9:58 AM

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Insurgents fired four rockets into the Afghan capital early Tuesday, killing at least one person, police said.

Two rockets landed near the airport and another struck near a private television station, causing no casualties, according to Kabul police. The fourth rocket landed close to an office compound used by the Afghan intelligence service, sent flying shrapnel into the car, killing one person and wounding three more.

Dr. Sayed Kabir Amiry, director of all the Afghan hospitals in Kabul, confirmed the casualties.

Insurgents occasionally fire rockets into the city, but the weapons are not very accurate and frequently miss their targets. The latest barrage was launched from the east and northeastern parts of the city, but did not penetrate the center of the capital.

Kabul police said in a statement that the rockets were fired from launchers with remote-controlled devices. The police said officers found a fifth rocket and defused it before it was fired.

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In another development, NATO reported the death of a service member Tuesday in an explosion at a military camp in southern Afghanistan. A NATO statement said the cause of the blast remained unknown but nothing indicated it was the result of enemy activity.

The latest death brings to 11 the number of international troops killed in Afghanistan this month.