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Rocket Hits Near Camp of Peacekeepers

April 08, 2002|Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan — A rocket exploded just yards from a camp housing international peacekeepers Sunday, the first such attack since security forces began patrolling the Afghan capital last year.

Nobody was hurt in the rocket attack on the Kabul camp of German and Danish troops, which occurred about 2:30 a.m., said Flight Lt. Tony Marshall, a spokesman for the British-led International Security Assistance Force.

A 107-mm rocket flew over the peacekeeping compound and exploded to the northwest, Marshall said. Another rocket also was seen flying over the compound and an explosion was heard, but peacekeepers had not located the detonation site, he said.

The attack probably was linked to efforts to destabilize the interim Afghan administration ahead of the loya jirga, a grand council meeting in June to select a new government, Marshall said.

Afghan authorities last week arrested at least 160 people on suspicion of plotting against the government.

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