News

46 Killed in Attack on Airport in Afghanistan

46 Killed in Attack on Airport in Afghanistan

U.S Marines stand at the entrance of Kandahar International Airport in 2002 (Reuters)
U.S Marines stand at the entrance of Kandahar International Airport in 2002 (Reuters)

At least 46 people have been killed in heavy clashes at Kandahar airport in Afghanistan near a complex which houses a joint Afghan-Nato base.

According to medical officials, the dead include 37 civilians and security personnel. Nine other Taliban fighters were also killed said Afghanistan’s Ministry of Defense.

The attacks commenced on Tuesday after Taliban forces raided the airport’s compound, which houses NATO and Afghan military departments. Pajhwok AFghan News reports that attackers also entered the houses of family members of army personnel.

Reports indicate that Taliban fighters have taken a number of hostages at the airport and that all flights have been cancelled. The hostages reportedly include women and children, reported the BBC.

In a statement, the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, stating that their forces had managed to stage a “thunderous attack” on foreign personnel. The statement also claimed that they had killed up to 80 soldiers, however this has not been confirmed by Afghan officials.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for a number of attacks on civilians, government personnel and foreigners in Afghanistan in recent years.

TIME Magazine Shortlists ISIS Leader Al-Baghdadi for 'Person of the Year'
Egypt Plans to Build 1 Million Homes for Growing Population: Housing Minister

Subscribe to our newsletter


News

More in News

Tourism Returns as International Flights Land in Hurghada, Sharm El Sheikh

Egyptian StreetsJuly 1, 2020

Power of Communication: Egyptian FM Shoukry’s UN Address on GERD Dispute Praised

Mirna AbdulaalJune 30, 2020

Worldwide, COVID-19 Cases Surpass 10 Million and Keep Increasing

Egyptian StreetsJune 28, 2020

Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan Resume Negotiations on GERD

Egyptian StreetsJune 27, 2020

After a Long Hiatus, EgyptAir to Resume International Flights to 29 Destinations

Egyptian StreetsJune 26, 2020

Mohamed Salah Becomes First Egyptian To Win English Premier League

Egyptian StreetsJune 26, 2020

Egypt’s Medical Syndicate Slams PM’s Statement ‘Blaming’ Doctors for COVID-19 Deaths

Egyptian StreetsJune 24, 2020

Cairo No Longer the City that Never Sleeps? Early Shopping Closing Hours ‘Permanent Decision’

Egyptian StreetsJune 24, 2020