By Ebi Kesiena
As many as five rockets were fired at Kabul’s international airport, but were intercepted by a US missile defence system.
According to the report, several rockets were fired towards Kabul’s airport early on Monday.
CNN reported that at least five missiles were fired towards the airport, citing US Government officials.
There was no initial information on potential casualties or damage.
The airport’s aerial defence system was activated, triggering a machine gun that destroys approaching objects before they strike. It had been tested only a few weeks ago.
Videos shared on social media showed a burning car, apparently hit by one of the rockets. The car’s remains were covered in debris and its tyres had melted.
It was not possible to verify whether the missiles had been fired from the vehicle.
CNN reported that an imminent threat to the Afghan capital’s airport had been removed.
The U.S. President Joe Biden was notified of the attack, according to White House spokesperson, Jen Psaki. He was also informed that operations at the airport would continue without interruption.
According to Biden, commanders at the airport are to increase their efforts to protect troops.
CNN also reported that Washington had completed its evacuation mission, with U.S. troops still planning to depart from Kabul by Tuesday.
Some 114,000 people have been airlifted from Afghanistan since mid-August, according to the White House.