US: Airstrike in Kabul hit explosive-laden vehicle

The US military says it has carried out a drone strike on an explosives-laden vehicle in Kabul. The aim was to remove a threat from a regional affiliate of the Islamic State militant group.

The US Central Command said in a statement on Sunday that American forces conducted the "self-defense unmanned over-the-horizon airstrike" earlier in the day.

The statement says the operation eliminated "an imminent ISIS-K threat" to the international airport in Afghanistan's capital. It says the US military is "confident" that the strike "successfully hit the target."

The statement says, "Significant secondary explosions from the vehicle indicated the presence of a substantial amount of explosive material." It adds the US military has so far had "no indications" of civilian casualties.

A Taliban spokesperson told NHK the US military launched an air raid on a vehicle that was believed to be carrying explosives near the airport.

He said that apart from the airstrike, a rocket landed on a home in Kabul but no injuries have been reported so far.

A man living near the airport said he heard something flying toward his home and then the sound of a huge explosion. He said he saw smoke rising from a residential neighborhood about 500 meters from his home.