Kandahar airport attacked by Taliban

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Taliban militants stormed the airport with explosions and gun fires at the complex in southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Tuesday, officials said, with fighting still ongoing.“The insurgents managed to breach the first gate of the complex,” Samim Khpalwak, a spokesman for the Kandahar provincial governor said, adding that there was no immediate information on casualties.

Mohammad Mohsin Sultani, the military spokesman in Kandahar, said the exact number of attackers was unclear and Afghan troops were engaged in a heavy gunfight with them.The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which comes a day before Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is due to visit Pakistan for a regional conference that had boosted hopes for a revival of peace talks with the insurgents.

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