Rocket attack on Kabul airport causes panic among locals
                 English.news.cn | 2014-07-03 19:09:22 | Editor: Fu Peng
Afghan National Army soldiers stand guard outside the entrance of a military airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, on July 3, 2014.  

Afghan National Army soldiers stand guard outside the entrance of a military airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, on July 3, 2014. Two rockets slammed into Kabul airport on Thursday, casualties are feared, a local television reported. (Xinhua/Ahmad Massoud)

By Haleem

KABUL, July 3 (Xinhua) -- Two rockets apparently fired by Taliban militants slammed into the military section of Kabul international airport on Thursday, causing panic among the war- weary locals.

An official on the condition of anonymity said that a plane was damaged due to the attack which occurred at 11:30 a.m. local time.

Defense Ministry spokesman Zahir Azimi when approached by Xinhua confirmed the incident, but provided little details.

"There is no loss of life," Azimi told Xinhua.

However, he didn't say if there were property damages.

Quoting the chief of the airport, Mohammad Yaqub Rassouli, the private Tolo television reported that some objects at the airport caught fire following the attack and efforts are underway to extinguish the fire there.

The attack has caused panic among the locals.

Terrified laborers working inside the airport came out from the compound, saying they don't feel secure even in the fortified place.

No groups or individuals have claimed responsibility for the attack so far.

However, officials put the blatant offensive on Taliban militants.

This is the second attack from the militants in Kabul over the past two days.

In the previous attack on Wednesday for which Taliban outfit claimed responsibility, a suicide bomber blew himself up next to a bus of air force personnel, killing eight persons and injured 16 others including three civilians and 13 military personnel, according to officials.

 

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