46 killed in Kandahar airport clash

Afghan security forces stand guard at the entrance to the Kandahar Airport

Afghan security forces stand guard at the entrance to the Kandahar Airport

At least 46 security personnel, Taliban fighters and civilians have been killed in clashes in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, officials say.

Several people were also taken hostage in the Taliban assault on Kandahar airport, which began on Tuesday.

The airport compound houses Afghan military and civilian sections as well as a Nato base.

Officials said the attackers had managed to breach the first gate of the complex.

Local security officials and Afghanistan’s Tolo News TV are now reporting the fighting has ended. All flights have been cancelled.

The Taliban said it carried out the attack at the heavily fortified site.

The Afghan defence ministry said 37 civilians and members of the security forces had been killed, along with nine Taliban. A further 35 people were injured, it said.

A doctor at a military hospital, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the BBC 41 bodies had been received, including four soldiers.

The hostages are believed to include women and small children.

-BBC

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