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Rocket Hits US Consulate in Afghanistan


Afghan police say a rocket has hit a building housing the new U.S. consulate office in western Afghanistan.

They say three rockets were fired at the building in the city of Herat Friday, but that only one struck it.

There were no immediate reports of any casualties, and the Associated Press says no U.S. staff were in the building at the time of the attack.

The building is a former hotel that the U.S. government acquired last year to use as a new consulate.

Also Friday, the Danish military says one of its soldiers was killed in a roadside bombing in the southern province of Helmand on Friday. At least five other Danish soldiers were wounded when the blast hit their convoy.

NATO says an American soldier was killed Thursday when a bomb exploded in eastern Afghanistan. No further details were released.

Separately, the alliance said a local Afghan citizen turned over 68 Russian mortar grenades at a Provincial Reconstruction Team base in western Afghanistan. A statement said that about 150 Afghans have received cash rewards for turning in weapons or providing tips that lead to the recovery of weapons.

Later on Friday, NATO and Afghan forces seized a truck carrying 10 tons of fertilizer containing ammonium nitrate, a chemical often used in making explosives. NATO said troops destroyed the fertilizer, returned the truck to the owner, and compensated him for the fertilizer.

Also in Kandahar, NATO announced Friday that international air and ground forces recovered more than 2,700 kilograms of illegal drugs in the Maiwand district on Wednesday.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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