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Rocket Hits Peacekeepers HQ in Kabul

March 30, 2003

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) _ A rocket slammed into the headquarters of the international peacekeepers in the Afghan capital of Kabul late Sunday, police said.

There were no immediate report of injuries, Afghan police spokesman Haroon Safi said.

The compound of the International Security Assistance Force is located across the street from the U.S. Embassy.

A second rocket hit Macroyan neighborhood on the city’s outskirts.

Residents in the upscale Wazir Akbar Khan neighborhood were awakened by the roar of the explosion. Ambulance sirens could be heard and police were investigating.

Asafi said the rockets were fired from several miles east of the capital.

Kabul is patrolled by nearly 5,000 international peacekeepers, but there have been frequent attacks in recent months blamed on Taliban and al Qaida fugitives and forces loyal to renegade rebel leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.

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