A rocket ripped through the roof of a dining hall at a textile mill during lunch Saturday, killing five people and injuring 26, workers said. Four more people were reported killed in other rocket attacks.
The government said at least 13 missiles struck targets throughout the city. Witness reports said two rockets landed near a government military base used to fire Soviet-made Scud missiles. It was not known if the base, in the mountains outside Kabul, was hit.Meanwhile, a government source said Moslem rebels had pushed back government troops in heavy fighting near the southeastern city of Khost. He said the U.S.-backed rebels had taken several military posts on the outskirts of the town.
Fierce fighting and heavy rebel artillery also has forced the closing of the Khost airport, which was being used to supply the government troops, he said. A government convoy of more than 200 trucks that was headed toward Khost with ammunition, weapons and other supplies was attacked before it could reach the city, according to the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Rebels have been fighting the Soviet-backed government 11 years to set up an Islamic republic in Afghanistan.
They have been trying since the summer to take over Khost. The offensive followed the rebels' failure to seize the eastern city of Jalalabad, which they had hoped to use as a base for operations inside Afghanistan.
In Kabul, the rocket slammed into the dining hall of the Guzagur Textile Mill at 11:45 a.m., said Gulam Haida, the factory manager.
Workers were eating lunch when the rocket pierced the corrugated tin roof and sprayed shrapnel around the room. Two men and three women were killed immediately and another 26 people were rushed to hospitals, said Haida. All of the people in the room were either injured or killed, he said.