At least 19 killed in Taliban attack at major Afghanistan airport

At least 19 killed in Taliban attack at major Afghanistan airport
Credit: AP

At least 19 people have been killed and several others are being held hostage as the Taliban continued its onslaught on an Afghanistan airport Wednesday.

The Taliban said it started its attack on the heavily fortified Kandahar Air Field in the southern Afghan city Tuesday evening. Militants are holding hostages in a home and at a school and officials say they managed to break through the first gate of the airport, according to the BBC.

The Kandahar Airport houses the NATO and Afghan military headquarters. Officials say all flights to and from Kandahar have been canceled.

A statement to Reuters from the Taliban said suicide bombers armed with light and heavy weapons entered the base and had attacked NATO and Afghan soldiers. Officials told the BBC the militants were met with heavy resistance.

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