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Militants killed after audacious attack on Kabul airport

Published on Jul 17, 2014 3:08 PM
 
Afghan security forces and locals gather at the site of an attack by the Taliban at Kabul's airport on July 17, 2014. Militants armed with rocket-propelled grenades attacked Kabul International Airport in the Afghan capital on Thursday, July 17, 2014 in one of the most audacious assaults on the facility, used by both civilians and the military, in a year. -- PHOTO: AFP 

KABUL (REUTERS) - Militants armed with rocket-propelled grenades attacked Kabul International Airport in the Afghan capital on Thursday in one of the most audacious assaults on the facility, used by both civilians and the military, in a year.

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.

The attack lasted about four hours after four unidentified militants armed with automatic rifles and rocket-propelled grenades opened fire on the airport from the roof of a building just to its north. "Four terrorists were killed by police special forces. The area is being cleared now, there are no casualties to our forces," said Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi.

The airport is home to a major operational base for NATO-led forces that have been fighting Taliban and other insurgents for 12 years and is bristling with soldiers and police, guard towers and several lines of security checkpoints.

 
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