Taliban rocket hit Kandahar airport in Afghanistan Major airports in southern Afghanistan were hit by rockets when government troops fought the Taliban attacks in several major cities.
Taliban rocket hit Kandahar airport in Afghanistan The flight from Kandahar, Afghanistan’s second largest city, stopped after three Taliban-launched rockets collided with the airport shortly before dawn on Sunday.
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Airport director Masood Pashtun said two rockets had collided with the runway and repairs are underway. Officials from the Civil Aviation Bureau in the capital Kabul confirmed the attack.
No casualties were reported immediately, officials said.
Taliban spokesman Zabifra Mujahid told Reuters:
This facility is important not only to provide the logistics and air support needed to protect the city from the Taliban, but also to provide air support to a large area of southern Afghanistan.
In the months since the US-led foreign troops began their final withdrawal from Afghanistan in early May, the fighting has intensified and is now almost complete.
The Taliban occupy most of the rural areas and have begun to siege the provincial capital after passing important border crossings.
Charlotte Bayliss of Al Jazeera reports from Kabul that three major cities, Lashkar Gah, Kandahar and Herat, are currently under pressure from the Taliban.
“The Taliban occupied a huge amount of rural areas last month and are now putting pressure on cities, and they can bring their benefits back to the negotiating table.”
In Lashkar Gah, Bayliss said the situation was “incredibly tense” during the fierce battle when communication was lost.