The offshoot of the Islamic State terror group, ISIS Khurasan, claimed responsibility for the attack which targeted the presidential inauguration in Kabul city.

The group issued a statement on an Telegram channel but did not provide further details.

The Ministry of Interior confirmed that four rockets landed close to ARG Presidential Palace as the oath taking ceremony of Ashraf Ghani was underway.

Nasrat Rahimi, a spokesman for the Ministry of Interior said the enemies fired four rockets towards ARG Palace using a hatchback back vehicle in which they placed the rockets.

According to Rahimi, one of the rockets landed behind Estiqlal High School, the other impacted the wall of Serena Hotel, the third rocket landed in Zarnigar Park and fourth one landed close to Kabul Municipality.

He also added that the attack left one policeman slightly wounded but caused no other casualties.

This comes as two oath taking ceremonies were underway in Kabul city this afternoon with Abdullah Abdullah taking oath as parallel president of Afghanistan.

Abdullah had vowed to form a parallel government after rejecting the final presidential results which declared Ashraf Ghani as the winner of the presidential race.


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