Nine Taliban terrorists, 14 people killed in Afghan airport attack
KANDHAR (92 News) – At least 14 people and nine Taliban terrorist have been killed after an attack on the heavily fortified Kandahar airport compound in southern Afghanistan.
Taliban forces on Tuesday night attacked buildings housing government employees and military bases at the airport, which is used by Afghan, US and NATO military forces. Attackers holed up in a building during the assault took family members of a military officer as hostages.
Military officials said Afghan special forces deployed to the scene were moving slowly to retake the airport as any fast movement could cause civilian casualties during the hostage situation. The attack comes as regional leaders are meeting in neighboring Pakistan to discuss the Afghan conflict.
The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attacks. The incident was the second major Taliban attack in Kandahar within the past 24 hours. On Monday night, Taliban forces stormed a Kandahar police station and engaged in a lengthy firefight in which three police officers and two of the attackers were killed, he said.