A string of rockets was fired at the Afghan capital early Tuesday in
the largest single attack in the run up to presidential elections later
The Taliban claimed responsibility for firing nine
rockets in Kabul, one of which landed in the diplomatic area, several
hundred meters from the U.S. and British embassies. Other rockets hit
near the international airport.
There were no deaths but a man and child were reported wounded.
Tuesday, police say a security agent and four civilians died after a
suicide bomber blew himself up near an intelligence agency vehicle in
southern Zabul province.
Just outside the capital, the governor
of neighboring Wardak province, Mohammad Halim Fedaye, survived
unharmed after his convoy was targeted by roadside bombs.
an explosion killed a British soldier who was on patrol in southern
Helmand Province Tuesday. Thousands of British and U.S. Marines poured
into the traditional Taliban stronghold last month to secure the region
ahead of presidential elections on August 20.
Army Brigadier General Tom Middendorp, who oversees NATO forces in
neighboring Uruzgan province, says the surge of troops in the south is
allowing NATO forces to work on development projects.
reporters Tuesday that voter registration was "quite successful" in
Uruzgan, with more voters registered than four years ago. But he said
not everyone is aware an election is being held.
the NATO mission is working closely with local leaders, the country's
election committee and Afghan forces to help people cast ballots in a
safe and secure environment.
Taliban militants have stepped up
attacks making July the deadliest for U.S. and British forces since the
ousting of the Taliban government in 2001.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.