Fifty Afghan safety forces, civilians killed in airport siege

KABUL The last of 11 Taliban insurgents who infiltrated Kandahar airport was killed late on Wednesday, far more than 24 hours following the attack was launched, the Defense Ministry stated, with the death toll amongst civilians and safety forces rising to 50.

The attack on 1 of the biggest air bases in Afghanistan coincided with a regional peace conference in Pakistan where President Ashraf Ghani asked Pakistan to support restart peace talks with the Taliban that were broken off earlier this year.

The ministry said operations against the attackers, who took up position in a part of the complicated used for accommodation, had proceeded slowly to limit the quantity of civilian casualties.

In all, 38 civilians, ten soldiers and two police officers have been killed in the fighting, although 37 safety forces and civilians have been wounded.

No casualties had been reported amongst the thousands of international military and contractors based at the heavily fortified site.

(Reporting by Hamid Shalizi Editing by Nick Macfie)

Agen Sabung Ayam

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