Taliban attacks airport in Kandahar, at least 37 dead

Taliban militants attack airport in southern Afghan city Kandahar, killing at least 37 civilians, wounding 35 others as clashes continue, Afghan Defence Ministry says

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Street in Kunduz after an attack

Updated Dec 9, 2015

Afghan Defence Ministry said on Wednesday that at least 37 civilians and members of Afghan security forces have been killed and 35 wounded in an overnight attack by Taliban militants on the city airport while nine Taliban were killed and another wounded with a final survivor still resisting security forces.

Taliban militants attacked the airport in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar and started clashing with security forces stationed there.

Officials said fighters initially took up position in a school at a residential site where there was a both a civilian airport and a military base, and attacked a perimeter area of the heavily strengthened complex on Tuesday evening.

"Several insurgents took up position inside a school and firing at the airport," said Sameem Khpalwak, a spokesman for the local governor.

Taliban’s spokesman, Qari Yousuf Ahmadi said, there were many fighters who went to the airport grounds and fought with security forces. 

This attack came after a suicide bombing at a police station in Kandahar, which is one of the main strongholds of the Taliban. Two suicide bombers died in the attack.

Taliban militants also captured the Afghan city of Kunduz in September, before being forced to retreat.

TRTWorld and agencies