Rocket explodes at US Embassy in Afghanistan on anniversary of 9/11 attacks

A rocket exploded at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday, the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. 

Officials later announced an all-clear and did not report any injuries from the early Wednesday incident, according to The Associated Press.


"An explosion caused by a rocket has occurred on compound," a message from the embassy loudspeaker said, the AP reported, as smoke could be seen over central Kabul.

The news service noted that the all-clear came about an hour later. 

The incident comes as President TrumpDonald TrumpUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Trump sues NYT, Mary Trump over story on tax history McConnell, Shelby offer government funding bill without debt ceiling MORE announced the decision to cancel peace talks with the Taliban and the Afghan government in response to an attack claimed by the Taliban that killed a U.S. soldier and 11 others. 

After Trump canceled the Camp David summit, Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoWashPost fact-checker gives Pompeo four 'Pinocchios' for 'zombie' claim about Obama Iran deal Poll: Biden, Trump statistically tied in favorability Majority of voters disapprove of execution of Afghanistan withdrawal: poll MORE said that talks were dead "for the time being."

Past attacks have also occurred on the Sept. 11 anniversary in the Afghan capital, although the one on Wednesday was the first since Trump took office.

The U.S. invaded Afghanistan soon after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, targeting the Taliban, which had offered safe haven to Osama bin Laden.

There are still 14,000 U.S. troops in the country. Trump has expressed a desire to remove them.