Secretary of Defense James Mattis took a trip to Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday where suspected militants targeted him in an unsuccessful massive rocket attack.
The suspected militants launched over two dozen rocket-propelled grenades towards the Kabul Hamid Karzai International Airport, where Mattis landed in his unannounced trip to Afghanistan.
The Defense Secretary was luckily missed as him and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg had both left the airport hours before the attack.
The attack did leave one woman dead and 11 others injured, according to Afghan Interior Ministry spokesperson Najib Danish.
According to NBC News, both the Taliban and ISIS claimed responsibility for the strike. Two Taliban commanders told the news outlet that they had “insiders” in Afghanistan’s security bureaucracy that had told them of Mattis’s arrival.
Mattis spoke with reporters at a press conference with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Stoltenberg, saying that “an attack on an airport anywhere in the world is a criminal act by terrorists.”
“If in fact, this is what they have done, they will find the Afghan Security Forces continuing on the offensive against them in every district of the country right now,” Mattis said.
Three of the assailants were killed by Kabul police after a six-hour operation to clear the house they were hiding in.