Afghanistan/Terrorism: Large explosion near German embassy

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On Friday, a large explosion shook up the centre of Kabul. According to the first reports, a missile hot the diplomatic district, which holds the presidential palace as well as most of the Western embassies and the main office of the United Nations.

The rocket was said to have hit the Afghan Joint Operations Centre. According to a AFP journalist the explosion occured next to the German embassy. At this point, no information on any casualties or the total amount of damage has been disclosed by Kabul’s criminal investigation unit. The explosion in the Wazir Akbar Khan area comes ahead of the visit of two high-profile Western Diplomats, namely British Foreign Secretary,David Miliband, and U.S. representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke. Rocket attacks are reported on a regular basis in the KAbul area and generally inflict limited damages.