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Rocket strikes Afghan president's helicopter

Afghan National Army soldiers stand guard near the military airport after a rocket attack by suspected Taliban militants in Kabul July 3,2014. (AFP Photo/Wakil Kohsar)

KABUL: An Afghan official says that militants fired two rockets into the military side of the Kabul airport, striking President Hamid Karzai's helicopter as it sat on the tarmac.

Abdul-Wahab Wardak, the commander of the military airport, says that only one of the two rockets exploded in Thursday's attack and no casualties were reported. But he says that the Russian-made military helicopter used to transport Karzai was set on fire.

The attack on the airport, which is in one of the most heavily guarded areas of the Afghan capital, underscores the resiliency of militants led by the Taliban who are fighting against the Western-backed government.

Insurgents have stepped up attacks as part of their annual summer offensive when they take advantage of warmer weather to move more freely in the mountainous country.

 

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