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Explosions, gunfire rock Afghan city airport, Taleban claim responsibility

Published on Dec 2, 2012 12:12 PM

KABUL (AFP) - A series of explosions followed by gunfire rocked the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad early Sunday as its airport came under an attack claimed by the Taleban, witnesses and officials said.

The Taleban said in a telephone call to AFP that they had launched an assault including a suicide bombing on the airport complex, which contains a major NATO base.

Militants had entered the airport, they said. An Afghan government official confirmed that clashes had taken place within the airport complex.

A guard said that after the initial huge explosion the airport had come under fire from rocket-propelled grenades, mortars and small arms.

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