Afghan airport reopens following attack

The airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. (U.S. Navy)
The airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. (U.S. Navy)
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Updated: 7/17 9:45 am

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Operations have returned to normal at Kabul International Airport in Afghanistan, which was shut down early today as gunman carried out a pre-dawn rocket attack.

It led to a gun battle with security forces, and officials say four of the attackers were killed. They say the attack was ended without any civilian or police casualties.

An Afghan army general says the militants occupied two buildings that were under construction about 700 yards north of the facility, and used them as a base to direct rockets and gunfire toward the airport and international jet fighters that were flying over the capital.

The general says several rockets hit the airport, but no planes were damaged. Before the airport was reopened, security forces inspected the runways for shrapnel and explosives.

A Taliban spokesman is claiming responsibility for the airport attack.

The airport hosts civilian traffic and serves as a base for NATO-led forces that have been fighting the Taliban and other insurgents for more than a decade.


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