Kabul: At least eight people were killed after Taliban militants stormed the airport complex in Afghanistan`s southern Kandahar city, triggering an all-night gun battle, officials said Wednesday.
“Eight people, including civilians and soldiers, have been killed,” Samim Khpalwak, a spokesman for the Kandahar provincial governor, told AFP.
Dawood Shah Wafadar, a military commander in Kandahar, gave a higher death toll of 18.
The government claimed on Wednesday morning that an unknown number of attackers had been killed but local residents, who were told to hunker down in their homes, were still reporting gunfire and explosions.
The attack on the sprawling complex, which also houses a joint NATO-Afghan base, coincides with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani`s high-profile visit to Islamabad for a regional conference.