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Taliban attacks Kandahar airport and US-NATO base

شعار Al Jazeera Al Jazeera 08/12/2015
Taliban attacks Kandahar airport and US-NATO base: Simultaneous attacks on sites in southern Afghanistan city claimed by Taliban. © Provided by Al Jazeera Simultaneous attacks on sites in southern Afghanistan city claimed by Taliban.

Several Taliban fighters have stormed into Kandahar airport, where they are engaged in an ongoing firefight, an Afghan police official told Al Jazeera.

Simultaneously, Taliban forces attacked nearby residential blocks housing government employees on Tuesday night and a joint Afghan-NATO military base in the area, officials said.

Nearby shops in the southern Afghan city have also been torched. 

"Several insurgents (have) taken up position inside a school and firing at the airport," Sameem Khpalwak, a spokesman for the local governor, told Reuters.

The Kandahar provincial governor's spokesman confirmed the incident and has told media that there are at least three attackers at the airport.

A Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility for the attacks.

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