50 Killed in Afghanistan Airport Attack

Kandahar battle lasted more than a day
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 10, 2015 12:11 AM CST
An Afghan security officer stands guard after clashes between Taliban fighters and Afghan forces at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan on Wednesday.   (AP Photos/Allauddin Khan)
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(Newser) – Afghanistan says its forces have repelled a Taliban attack on the Kandahar airport that lasted more than 24 hours and killed 50 people, mainly civilians. The Defense Ministry said Thursday that the dead included 38 civilians, 10 Afghan soldiers, and two police officers. It said the 11 "terrorists" who took part in the assault were killed, and the fighting ended late Wednesday. Afghan forces have struggled to roll back Taliban advances since the US and NATO formally concluded their combat mission at the end of last year. The sprawling airport, known as Kandahar Airfield, has a military and a civilian section, as well as a NATO base. There were no coalition casualties. (Read more Kandahar stories.)

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