Dozens killed in ongoing Taliban attack on Afghan airpo
Written by Taiwo Adediran on December 9, 2015
At least forty-six security personnel, Taliban fighters and civilians have been killed in clashes in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, officials say.
Several people were also taken hostage in the Taliban assault on the Kandahar airport, which began late yesterday. The airport compound houses the joint Nato and Afghan military headquarters.
Officials said the attackers had managed to breach the first gate of the complex. Gunfire can still be heard, and all flights have been cancelled. The Taliban said it carried out the attack at the heavily fortified site.
The Afghan defence ministry said thirty-seven civilians and members of the security forces had been killed, along with nine Taliban. A further thirty-five people were injured, it said.
Correspondents say the attack is a huge security failure because the attackers were able to smuggle weapons into an area supposed to have been made secure by the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF).