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Kabul airport under insurgent attack

Insurgents attack Kabul International Airport and occupy nearby building under construction.
By Danielle Haynes Follow @DanielleHaynes1 Contact the Author   |   July 16, 2014 at 10:43 PM
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KABUL, Afghanistan, July 16 (UPI) -- Insurgents, including suicide bombers, attacked Kabul International Airport on Thursday morning, the Afghanistan Interior Ministry said. No casualties were reported.

Deputy Interior Minister Gen. Mohammad Ayoub Salangi said security personnel were sent to the airport where a firefight was under way in the early part of the day.

A number of explosions were heard throughout the capital, as well as gunfire, Khaama Press reported.

The militants took position in a building currently under construction near the airport.

An interior ministry official said the insurgents were armed with light and heavy weaponry, including rocket-propelled grenade launchers.

The airport was closed down to all traffic.

The violence comes one day after 89 people were killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan's eastern Paktika province.

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