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Child killed in rocket strike near Kabul airport

The blast came after a suicide attack killed more 180 people at Kabul airport.

Taliban fighters guard outside the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan (AP)

By Kathy Gannon, Tameem Akhgar and Jon Gambrell, Associated Press

A rocket has struck a neighbourhood north west of Kabul’s international airport amid the US evacuation, killing a child, according to a local police chief.

Rashid, who goes by one name, said the rocket struck on Sunday afternoon.

No group immediately claimed the attack.

The rocket fire came as the US winds down a historic airlift that saw tens of thousands evacuated from Kabul’s international airport, the scene of much of the chaos that engulfed the Afghan capital since the Taliban took over two weeks ago.

After an affiliate of the so-called Islamic State in Afghanistan, Isis-K, killed more than 180 people, the Taliban increased security around the airfield as the UK ended its evacuation flights on Saturday.

Meanwhile, a Taliban spokesman said a US military air strike targeted a suicide bomber in a vehicle who wanted to target Kabul international airport amid the American evacuation.

Zabihullah Mujahid said in a message to journalists that the strike happened on Sunday.

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