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50 people killed after Taliban attack Kandahar airport

Published 10/12/2015 | 06:46

An Afghan National Army soldier stands guard in front of a shop burned during the Taliban attack on Kandahar Airport. Photo: Reuters
An Afghan National Army soldier stands guard in front of a shop burned during the Taliban attack on Kandahar Airport. Photo: Reuters

Afghan forces have repelled a Taliban attack on Kandahar airport that lasted more than 24 hours and killed 50 people, mainly civilians.

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The Afghan defence ministry said that the dead included 38 civilians, 10 Afghan soldiers and two police.

It said the 11 "terrorists" who took part in the assault were killed, and the fighting ended late on 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 Air Field, has a military and a civilian section, as well as a Nato base.

There were no coalition casualties.

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