#AceWorldNews – AFGHANISTAN (Kabul) – July 17 – A number of explosions, possibly rocket propelled grenades, and bursts of gunfire were reported near Kabul International Airport at dawn on Thursday, according to eyewitness reports cited by Reuters.
Heavily armed militants who attacked Kabul International Airport with grenades and automatic weapons have been repelled, Afghan officials say (BBC)
The Afghan capital’s airport, which is used both by civilians and the country’s military, serves as a base for NATO-led forces who have clashed with Taliban and Islamic insurgents for well over a decade.
Rockets are fired into the airport’s vicinity almost on a weekly basis, though the facility has largely escaped damage. It was unclear whether Thursday’s attack represented a more serious, frontal assault attempt.
Officials reported that a number of militants had burst into a building north of the airport, and the transport hub had been closed to all flights.
The four insurgents who took part are dead, the authorities said, with one security official wounded.
The Taliban said they carried out Thursday morning’s attack which lasted for nearly five hours.
Deputy Interior Minister for Security Mohammad Ayub Salangi said the area was “completely cleared”.
“The last insurgent has just blown himself up, because he knew Afghan forces were on the way to capture him,” he said.