All 7 Militants Dead at End of Kabul Airport Attack

All seven militants who launched an attack Monday on Kabul airport died in the assault, Afghan police said, adding that no civilian and security force casualties had yet been reported.

"There were seven assailants--two (suicide bombers) died detonating themselves and five others were killed in fighting," Mohammad Ayoub Salangi, chief of Kabul police, told reporters.

"There have not been any casualties to the security forces, and we have not (received) any report of civilian casualties so far."

Taliban militants launched a grenade and gun attack shortly after dawn on Monday, taking over two nearby buildings which security forces attempted to storm as blasts and shooting rocked the Afghan capital.

Loud explosions and bursts of small-arms fire erupted for at least three hours after the US embassy sounded its "duck and cover" alarm and its loudspeakers warned that the alarm was not a drill.

The heavily-guarded airport, which is both a civilian and military facility and contains a large base for the US-led NATO coalition, was closed to all flights.


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