Rockets Reportedly Hit Kandahar Airport in Afghanistan


By Oleg Burunov
© REUTERS / Danish Siddiqui

The reported attack comes amid the ongoing withdrawal of US and NATO troops from Afghanistan, where Taliban* militants are boosting their military activities.

At least three rockets have hit the Kandahar Airport in southern Afghanistan, airport chief Massoud Pashtun told the AFP news agency on Sunday.  

"Last night three rockets were fired at the airport and two of them hit the runway […]. Due to this all flights from the airport have been cancelled", Pashtun said.

He added that work to repair the runway was currently under way and that the airport was expected to be operational again later on Sunday.

AFP also cited an unnamed official at the civil aviation authority in Kabul as confirming the rocket attack. 

Taliban Attacks UN Office in Afghanistan's Herat Province 

The developments come after Taliban militants clashed on Friday with government forces in Herat Province, where the UN's compound came under attack by rocket-propelled grenades and gunfire, according to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). The mission said the attack was conducted by "anti-government elements".

Publish : 2021-08-01 13:56:00

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