KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Up to eight rockets fired by militants hit Afghanistan's capital Kabul early Tuesday, Afghan officials said.
Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Nikzad said there were no injuries, but China's Xinhua news agency, quoting Kabul television station Tolo, said two persons were wounded.
"The rockets fired from Deh Sabz area landed at several places including the posh area Wazir Akbar Khan," Tolo reported, quoting Interior Ministry spokesman Zamarai Bashari. Deh Sabz is about 10 miles north of Kabul.
The incident was the first in at least five years that the country's capital had come under such a large barrage of rockets. They marked the latest in a series of militant attacks in the country ahead of presidential elections set for Aug. 20.
One of the rockets fell several hundred yards from the U.S. embassy, CNN reported. Embassy spokeswoman Fleur Cowan said she heard one of the explosions at around 4 a.m.
"We don't have any indication these rockets were targeting any particular site," Cowan said. "They seem to have hit different parts of the city."
The CNN report said the Taliban asked Afghans to boycott the elections.
In recent acts of violence, nine NATO troops died last weekend and roadside bomb attack Monday against police in Herat killed at least 12 people and wounded 20.