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Taliban Claim Kabul Airport Attack

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Afghan ArmyThe Taliban on Thursday said they were responsible for an ongoing assault on Kabul airport. “A number of our mujahedeen armed with heavy and light weapons have launched an attack on Kabul International Airport,” the insurgents’ spokesman Zabiuhallah Mujahid said in a statement.

Earlier, explosions and bursts of gunfire were heard near Kabul International Airport in the Afghan capital just after dawn and black smoke rose above the facility, which is used by civilians and the military.

The attack on the airport comes at a time of great uncertainty for Afghanistan as votes from the second round of a disputed presidential election are to be recounted. The poll is meant to mark Afghanistan’s first democratic transfer of power.

A police source said a number of militants had burst into a building just north of the airport and opened fire. NATO forces said they were aware of reports of an attack on the airport but could not give more details.

A Reuters witness near the scene said he could see black smoke billowing above the airport and heard several explosions from what sounded like rocket-propelled grenades. A car had been set on fire not far from the scene.

Sediq Sediqqi, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said a rapid response force had been sent to the area.

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