Afghan Authorities: Battle Near Kabul Airport Over

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By PATRICK QUINN and RAHIM FAIEZ, Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan authorities say a battle with insurgents near Kabul's international airport has ended and all the attackers have been killed.

Ministry of Interior spokesman Sediq Sediqi says two civilians were wounded in Monday's attack that was apparently targeting NATO's airport headquarters. The attackers had rocket-propelled grenades, assault rifles and at least one large bomb.

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Deputy Kabul police chief Dawood Amin says there were seven attackers. Two blew themselves up with suicide vests and five were shot and killed by police.

It was unclear if the attack had damaged facilities inside the airport. The attackers had taken over a four- to five- story building under construction nearby.

 

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

It was the latest in a series of attacks against the capital this year.

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