Militants fire three rockets at Afghan capital

Militants fired three rockets at the Afghan capital Tuesday, destroying a house but causing no casualties in the latest in a series of insurgent attacks on Kabul, officials said. The rockets exploded at dawn in western Kabul, said Interior Ministry spokesman Yousuf Stanekzai.

One hit a home as a family slept inside, but they all fled before it collapsed. Another rocket landed near a high school, while a third exploded on a patch of bare land and caused no damage.

Rebels fire rockets on the city of 4 million about every two weeks. They rarely cause damage or casualties. Last week, two suspected al-Qaida suicide bombers attacked NATO peacekeepers in Kabul, killing at least nine people.

Despite the attacks, the capital is considered one of the safest parts of Afghanistan and about 3,000 foreigners live there.

Violence in the country's volatile southern and eastern regions has spiked this year, leaving almost 1,500 people dead, the most since U.S.-led forces ousted the Taliban in 2001, reports the AP. I.L.

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