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Taleban claim responsibility for Kabul airport attack

Published on Jul 17, 2014 11:44 AM

KABUL (AFP) - The Taleban on Thursday said they were responsible for an ongoing assault on Kabul airport.

"A number of our mujahedeen armed with heavy and light weapons have launched an attack on Kabul International Airport," the insurgents' spokesman Zabiuhallah Mujahid said in a statement.

The interior ministry said on Thursday a group of insurgents had opened fire with automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades after seizing a building under construction at the airport. The attack began around 4.30 am (0000 GMT; 8am Singapore time) but no casualties have been reported so far, the ministry said.

"The situation will be brought under control before long," General Ayub Salangi, the deputy interior minister, told AFP as security forces armed with automatic rifles took up position.

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