U.S. Embassy In Afghanistan Attacked On Christmas Day

By: CBS/AP
By: CBS/AP
The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan says its compound was hit by indirect fire just before dawn on Christmas Day. It says no Americans were injured.

AP

The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan says its compound was hit by indirect fire just before dawn on Christmas Day. It says no Americans were injured.

An embassy official, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with regulations, says the attack happened at around 6:40 a.m. Wednesday, when "two rounds of indirect fire impacted the U.S. Embassy compound." Indirect fire can refer to either mortars or rockets.

The Taliban claimed they fired four rockets at the embassy on Wednesday and inflicted heavy casualties. But the insurgents often exaggerate their claims.

Meanwhile, a roadside bombing in eastern Kabul wounded three Afghan policemen Wednesday.

Kabul police chief Mohammad Zahir says one suspect was arrested. He says police later uncovered an unexploded bomb in the same area and neutralized it.

Also Wednesday, Taliban explosives hidden in a bicycle detonated in a market in Logar Province in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 6 people including 2 police officers and wounding 13 civilians, according to Din Muhammad Darwish, the provincial governor.

Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) are the Taliban's weapon of choice against Afghan security forces and foreign troops.


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