KABUL, Afghanistan — A rocket barrage slammed into the guts of Kabul on Saturday morning, killing at the very least 5 individuals and wounding greater than a dozen others, as warning sirens blared throughout the diplomatic quarters of Afghanistan’s capital and residents on their morning commute took cowl.

Tariq Arian, a spokesman for nation’s Ministry of Inside Affairs, stated 14 rockets hit downtown, exploding close to a college and a procuring space, amongst different locations.

Safety officers stated they discovered a burning truck with launch tubes in its mattress at a distance from the place the rockets had hit, suggesting the car was used to fireplace the munitions. The Islamic State used an identical assault in March when the group rocketed the presidential inauguration, although accountability for Saturday’s assault was not instantly clear.

The uncommon rocket assault on town got here as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was set to fulfill with Afghan authorities and Taliban officers in Doha, Qatar, afterward Saturday.

The Afghan authorities and Taliban are deadlocked over the framework for the continuing peace negotiations, although they began in September. Negotiators from the Taliban and the Afghan authorities have stated in latest days they’re near a break by way of.

A Taliban spokesman denied that the rebel group was concerned within the assault.

The incident comes throughout a very bloody month. No less than 163 civilians have been killed in November up to now throughout the nation, in accordance with information compiled by The New York Occasions. On Nov. 2, three gunmen stormed Kabul College, killing at the very least 22 individuals, lots of them college students.