KABUL—Taliban suicide bombers on Tuesday attacked the airport and killed at minimum two soldiers in Kandahar, Afghanistan’s 2nd largest city, authorities officers stated.
The sprawling air base performed a central function in the yearslong U.S. army marketing campaign in the region, and stays residence to hundreds of troops and contractors from the NATO-led global coalition that maintains a existence there.
It was not instantly very clear what part of the airfield experienced been attacked. Clashes had been noted from a constructing that was beforehand employed as a school, stated the Kandahar provincial governor’s spokesman, Samim Khapalwak.
In the hours after the start of the assault, an Afghan safety formal mentioned it was way too early to say how several Taliban experienced been involved.
“It will be known when they all get killed,” he mentioned. “It will be a physique depend.”
The Taliban printed pictures on the web of militants it explained were included in the bombings. One showed ten young guys with brief beards, armed with Kalashnikovs and wearing similar armed forces uniforms.
It stated in a statement that fighters armed with weapons had entered the air foundation and begun attacking foreigners within.
The coalition did not immediately return requests for comment Tuesday.
The airfield was property to 26,000 coalition forces 5 a long time back, in the course of the height of the U.S. military surge.
As of early 2015, that quantity had dropped to 2,600 coalition troops and all around 7,000 protection contractors.
The assault comes as Afghan and Pakistani officials satisfy at this week’s Heart of Asia conference in Islamabad, in which reviving peace talks with the Taliban is envisioned to be a key matter of dialogue.
The Afghan govt has extended accused Pakistan of sheltering the militants, and the conferences having spot on Tuesday and Wednesday are witnessed as a phase towards mending strained ties between the two countries.
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