Explosion rocks Kabul airport

Suicide bomb attack shakes Afghan capital's international airport, home to a NATO-led base

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A suicide bomber attacked a convoy of foreign troops near the international airport in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Wednesday, a military official said, but there were no immediate reports of casualties.

“Based on our information there was an explosion near KAIA,” deputy Kabul police chief Sayed Ghafar Sayedzada told Reuters news agency, referring to Kabul International Airport.

The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) confirmed the attack following reports of a large blast near the facility used by civilians and the military.

“We can confirm reports of a suicide bomber who attempted to attack an ISAF convoy today,” ISAF spokeswoman Lieutenant Colonel Latondra Kinley said.

“The attacker was killed and there were no ISAF casualties to report.”

The airport is home to a major operational base for NATO-led forces that have been fighting Taliban another insurgents for 12 years and is bristling with soldiers and police, guard towers and several lines of security checkpoints.

In June, Taliban insurgents attacked the airport, targeting NATO’s airport headquarters.

The seven militants involved in the attack had took over two nearby buildings. A police chief confirmed at the time that the attackers died after detonating themselves when security officials arrived on the scene.

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