Taliban attack on heavily fortified Kandahar Airport stuns security managers in Afghanistan


KANDAHAR: Dozens of people have been killed in a Taliban attack on a heavily fortified civilian and military airfield in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar. At least 37 people, including many children, were killed in the clashes, along with at least nine militants, the defence ministry said. A number of hostages were seized in the 26-hour attack but the Afghan army says it has now regained control. This is the latest in a series of ambitious raids by Taliban fighters. At least 35 people and one Taliban fighter were also injured in the attack, the defence ministry said. Kandahar airport director Ahmadullah Faizi told AFP news agency that some passengers waiting to board a commercial flight to India had been trapped inside the airport's civilian terminal, at some distance from the fighting, during the attack. Mr. Ghani condemned the Kandahar attack as cowardly and expressed his condolences to the families of the victims. (BBC)