Rocket strike disrupts high-level meeting
GHAZNI CITY (PAN): A high-level meeting at the governor’s office in southern Ghazni province was disrupted by a rocket attack on Saturday noon, an official said.
Interior Minister Omar Daudzai, Deputy Chairman of Senate Mohammad Alam Ezedyar, Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission Chairperson Seema Samar and a number of MPs attended the meeting in Ghazni City.
However, the meeting on reviewing preparations for Ghazni City serving the capital of the Islamic Civilisation resumed after the strike.
The Taliban fired at least two rockets at the compound, causing no damage, Deputy Governor Mohammad Ali Ahmadi told Pajhwok Afghan News. Gunshots were heard in the area.
One of the rockets fell near the building and a second on a road in front of the governor’s house, resulting in no casualties, he added. Security personnel are looking for the perpetrators.
Ahmadi said the meeting began at 9am and the rockets were fired an hour later, creating the impression that a bomb had exploded inside the compound.
The interior minister assured participants Ghazni City would be inaugurated as the capital of the Islamic Civilisation a month later in a peaceful manner. He urged the militants not to disturb the planned ceremony.
Governor Musa Khan Akbarzada said a 40-metre flag of Afghanistan was hoisted at the beginning of the meeting. As a gesture of peace, 40 doves were released into the air.
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