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Rockets strike US base in Afghanistan

Five rockets have been fired at a major US base in Afghanistan but there were no casualties, NATO and provincial officials say.

The rockets hit Bagram Airfield on Saturday, said Wahida Shahkar, spokeswoman for the governor in northern Parwan province.

Shahkar said 12 rockets were placed in a vehicle and five were fired while police were able to defuse seven others.

She couldn’t provide further details on any possible casualties or damage within the US base. Shahkar said there are no civilian casualties in the area.

A NATO official confirmed the attack and said initial reports indicated the airfield was not damaged.

No one has immediately claimed responsibility. In April, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for five rocket attacks on the base. There were no casualties.

IS also has claimed responsibility for multiple attacks in the capital Kabul in recent months, including on educational institutions that killed 50 people, most of them students.

Violence in Afghanistan has spiked even as the Taliban and Afghan government negotiators hold talks in Qatar, trying to hammer out a peace deal that could put an end to decades of war.

At the same time, the Taliban have waged bitter battles against IS fighters, particularly in eastern Afghanistan, while continuing their insurgency against government forces.

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