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Rocket attack on Kabul airport shortly after US defence secy James Mattis arrival

Kabul airport chief Yaqub Rassouli said the rockets hit the air forces’ hangars in the northern part. He added that the missiles were fired from Deh Sabz district of Kabul.

world Updated: Sep 27, 2017 13:18 IST
Indo Asian News Service, Kabul
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US Defence Secretary James Mattis arrived in Afghanistan on a surprise visit.(AFP)

Two rockets hit the northern part of Kabul International Airport on Wednesday, as US Defence Secretary James Mattis and NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg arrived here on a surprise visit.

The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Kabul airport Chief Yaqub Rassouli said the rockets hit the air forces’ hangars in the northern part. He added that the missiles were fired from Deh Sabz district of Kabul, TOLONews reported.

“At 11.36 am two missiles were fired on Kabul International Airport from Deh Sabz district, damaging the air force hangers and destroying one helicopter and damaging three other helicopters, but there were no casualties,” Rassouli said.

The NATO mission in Afghanistan posted on its official Twitter account that Defence Secretary Mattis and NATO chief Stoltenberg had arrived at the NATO headquarters in Kabul, where they will inspect the international troops and meet Afghan authorities, including President Ashraf Ghani.

First Published: Sep 27, 2017 13:17 IST