Taliban fighters attack building near Kabul airport

Taliban fighters armed with guns and explosives clashed with security forces after taking over a building near the airport in the Afghan capital on Monday.

The fighting ended with all seven attackers dead, Afghan officials said, the CNN reports.

The Taliban said the attack was intended to target Americans in Kabul International Airport, one part of which is used by military forces and another by civilians.

The assault on the five-story building, which is under construction, began with two suicide bombers blowing themselves up, said Kabul police official Hashtmat Stanikzai.

At least five attackers then stormed into the structure and exchanged fire with security forces, he said.

The attack left two civilians, including a woman, injured – but no security personnel were hurt.

NATO’s International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan said it was under lock down during the attack but had “no operational information” about what was happening, according to CNN.

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