One landed near a hill where former kings and members of the old royal family are buried in a large mausoleum, a spokesperson for the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said.

"We can confirm two rocket attacks on Kabul. One impacted near Maranjan hill, about one mile (1.6 kilometres) from the presidential palace. There are no reported casualties," Lutfullah Mashal said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the strikes, but Taliban militants fighting US-backed government have often targeted Kabul since being ousted from power in 2001.

Earlier in December 2013 a Taliban suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle near a NATO military convoy entering the city airport, killing himself but causing no other deaths or injuries.

In October a car bomb attack killed two civilians outside compound housing foreign workers near the airport. Kabul has seen a recent drop in insurgent attacks after a series of high-profile strikes earlier in 2013, with the NDS claiming to have foiled several plots to launch complex assaults involving truck bombs and suicide gunmen.

The Supreme Court, the airport, foreign compounds and the presidential palace were all targeted in major attacks during 2013. NATO forces are withdrawing from Afghanistan after more than a decade of fighting the Taliban, but negotiations have stalled on a security accord that would allow some US and NATO troops to stay after 2014.


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