IS-claimed rocket attack on Kabul kills eight

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Taliban chief negotiator Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar amid talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government in Doha Qatar

"Two rockets hit an area near the Interior Ministry and one rocket hit central Kabul near the Ministry of Information and Culture".

Khatibzadeh cited the terrorist attack as an example of proxy war and the actions of USA terrorist allies in Afghanistan, saying that the United States has direct responsibility for such attacks.

A damaged house is seen after several rockets land at Khair Khana, north west of Kabul on November 21, 2020.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on his first official visit to Kabul on Thursday, focusing on the ongoing peace talks with the Taliban as well as on building trust and strengthening relations between the two often acrimonious neighbors.

Pakistan on Saturday strongly condemned the rocket attack at Kabul city that have resulted in the loss of precious lives and injuries to many.

Video posted on social media showed schoolgirls running in panic as explosions rang out behind them.

The IS group has carried out similar attacks in the past and claimed responsibility for recent assaults in Kabul, including two devastating attacks on educational institutions that killed more than 50 people, many of them students.

Trump has repeatedly vowed to end "forever wars", including in Afghanistan, America's longest-ever conflict that began with an invasion to dislodge the Taliban, following the September 11, 2001 attacks, and has led to many war crimes and civilian deaths committed by U.S. forces across the years.

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"We do not blindly fire on public places". India's Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN), Ambassador T.S. Tirumurti said, "For durable peace in Afghanistan, we have to put an end to terrorist safe havens and sanctuaries operating across the Durand Line".

"I condemn this morning's rocket and IED explosions in Kabul".

The Taliban in exchange said it would not attack USA forces and agreed to talks. The Iranian embassy in Kabul said its compound was hit by rocket fragments but that no-one had been wounded.

Abdullah's meetings with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other Turkish officials came days after Australia revealed a report into war crimes that found evidence that elite Australian troops unlawfully killed 39 Afghan prisoners, farmers and civilians.

While in Islamabad, Mr Abdullah urged Pakistan's powerful military to press the Taliban to reduce attacks and the level of violence.

HE Sheikh Mohamed acknowledged that the Afghan people are the most capable of understanding the different aspects of the Afghan crisis and their interest, stressing that the peace process is led and controlled only by the Afghan party, with friends only looking to support that process.

"We convey our heartfelt condolences to the families of all those who lost their lives and pray for the early and complete recovery of the injured", the ministry said in a statement.

But, giving cause for optimism, he added: "We are close, we are very close".

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