It was a bit of a weird afternoon today in Kabul. I was hanging out in my room listening to music when I heard the alarm go off. It sounded like it was off in the distance so I didn’t worry about it too much. A few minutes later Captain Ben knocks on my door, “I think something might be going on in a nearby compound,” he says. Apparently he’d heard what he thought sounded like an explosion which shook the door to his room. Shortly thereafter our own alarm system goes off blaring, “Lockdown, lockdown, lockdown,” combined with a loud siren.
As per our security briefings, we go upstairs, sit on the floor, and wait for stragglers. After a few seconds they close the door and bolt it shut. There’s a small peep-hole to check for others who might need a late entry.
It doesn’t take long for them to discover that the threat was a rocket that landed on the airport runway, possibly targeting a government official. We then hear someone yell, “all clear, all clear, all clear,” from outside and we are then allowed to go about our day as usual.
Thankfully I still have facebook while we’re locked down and so I tell Elissa what’s been going on. She then posts the above bomberman to my wall saying, “Sit still Nickie!” Funny girl…