Taliban attack Kandahar air port in Afghanistan

KABUL: A group of Taliban suicide bombers launched a coordinated attack in Kandahar airfield on Tuesday evening, leaving at least nine people dead. The attack carried out by a group of heavily armed Taliban militants triggered a standoff with sporadic gun battle still reported in the vicinity of the airport. Provincial governor spokesman Samim Khpolwak confirmed the incident but he said it is yet not clear how many militants were involved in the attack. A local security official said the militants launched an attack on a compound of the Afghan National Army (ANA) in Kandahar airfield. The official speaking on the condition of anonymity further added at least 18 people including a number of insurgents were killed and around several others were injured during the gun battle. According to the eyewitnesses in the area, the Taliban militants initially launched the attack by hurling hand grenades and taking position inside an old school building located near the airfield. The Taliban militants group claimed responsibility behind the attack.(Khaama)