At slightest 19 people have been killed and several hostages hold as complicated fighting continues during a airfield in a Afghan city of Kandahar, officials say.
The Taliban pronounced it carried out a conflict during a heavily fortified airfield on Tuesday evening. They are holding hostages in homes and during a school.
Officials pronounced a enemy had managed to crack a initial embankment of a formidable in a southern city.
The airfield devalue houses a corner Nato and Afghan infantry headquarters.
Gunfire can still be listened around a airfield formidable on Wednesday, officials say. All flights have been cancelled.
Who are a Taliban?
Correspondents contend a conflict is a outrageous confidence disaster given a enemy were means to filch weapons into an area ostensible to have been done secure by a Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF).
“Several insurgents” had carried out a attack, a provincial governor’s orator Samim Khopalwaq told AFP.
The Taliban have pronounced a conflict had been carried out by “martyrdom seekers” who entered a airbase undetected during eve on Tuesday to start a “thunderous attacks on unfamiliar and servant personnel”.
Kandahar army commander Sher Shah told reporters that radio intercepts had done transparent that some militants were vocalization in Urdu – a denunciation some-more ordinarily oral in beside Pakistan.
Civilians in a area are reported to have told reporters that a Taliban have refused to let them leave, notwithstanding ANA pleas for them to be authorised to go. Family members of during slightest dual army crew are reported to have been taken warrant by Taliban fighters.
Officials pronounced a enemy had met complicated insurgency from infantry inside, with internal authorities reportedly deploying commandos to a area.
An unconfirmed matter by a Taliban claimed that they had killed adult to 80 soldiers, yet this figure could not verified.
Raziq Shirzai, a Afghan atmosphere force commander in a southern region, told a BBC that there were some civilians among a passed and wounded. At slightest 20 people have been injured.
It was misleading early on Wednesday if any militants had been killed.
Kandahar airfield executive Ahmadullah Faizi told AFP some passengers watchful to house a blurb moody to India had been trapped inside a airport’s municipal terminal, during some stretch from a fighting, during a attack.
The occurrence comes as Afghan President Ashraf Ghani visits Pakistan for a informal discussion attended by Pakistan, India and a US where they are approaching to plead assent talks with a Taliban.
Militant assault has increasing opposite Afghanistan given a depart of many Nato and US army final year.
In new months a Taliban has seen a array of terrain victories, including quickly capturing a northern Afghan city of Kunduz.