11 Jun 2013

Taliban killed after siege at Kabul airport

5:59 am on 11 June 2013

Afghan police say all seven Taliban involved in a siege at the international airport in Kabul are dead following a grenade and gun attack that lasted several hours.

The attack at the capital's airport, home to a large NATO-led military base happened shortly after dawn on Monday. The Taliban earlier said that it was responsible.

Witnesses reported the sound of explosions and gunfire coming from the airport. Exchanges of fire went on for some hours with the Taliban firing rocket-propelled grenades into the surrounding streets, the BBC reports.

All flights were cancelled in and out the airport and nearby roads were closed.

US Blackhawk helicopters circled above but on the ground the fighting was all carried out by Afghan police and army units.

Kabul police chief General Ayoub Salangi later said that seven attackers had been killed - two when they detonated their explosives and five who were killed by security forces. He said there were no civilian or military casualties.