August 21, 2018 / 5:04 AM / 3 months ago

Several blasts heard in Afghan capital Kabul

A member of the Afghan security forces keeps watch at the site of an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan August 21, 2018. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

KABUL (Reuters) - Several explosions were heard in the diplomatic district of the Afghan capital Kabul on Tuesday, but there was no immediate information on casualties, Reuters witnesses and a security official said.

A security official said the explosions were caused by rockets fired from outside the city, and some fell near the presidential palace, around embassy compounds and government buildings

Rockets landed at a time when President Ashraf Ghani was speaking during at an Eid prayer ceremony, two days after he declared a “conditional ceasefire” with the Taliban.

But the Taliban insurgents, according to two senior commanders, have rejected the three-month ceasefire offer and vowed to continue its attacks against the government and its foreign allies.

“There are groups that continue the violence and with firing of rockets they cannot stop the people of Afghanistan’s development,” Ghani said in response to rocket attacks.

Reporting by Hamid Shalizi, Abdul Qadir Sediqi,; Editing by Darren Schuettler and Michael Perry

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