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    Eid al-Adha celebrations in Afghanistan started with a bang on Tuesday, but not in a good way.

    As President Ashraf Ghani and other officials offered prayers at the presidential palace in Kabul to mark the beginning of the holiday, TV coverage caught the sound and reverberations of several rockets exploding nearby.

    Impressively (or perhaps stupidly), nearly everyone continued their prayers regardless. There were no immediate reports of any casualties or injuries.

    At least three rockets were fired from the north of the capital and ‘landed in areas near the Presidential Palace,’ Afghanistan’s TOLOnews reported.

    While nobody has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, Ghani later blamed the Taliban.

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    In This Story: Afghanistan

    Afghanistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a landlocked country at the crossroads of Central and South Asia. Afghanistan is bordered by Pakistan to the east and south; Iran to the west; Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan to the north; and China to the northeast.

    Occupying 652,000 square kilometers (252,000 sq mi), it is a mountainous country with plains in the north and southwest. Kabul is the capital and largest city. The population is around 32 million, composed mostly of ethnic Pashtuns, Tajiks, Hazaras, and Uzbeks.

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