KABUL, July 17 (Xinhua) -- A group of Taliban militants attacked the international airport of Kabul Thursday morning but all the attackers had been killed within hours, deputy to Interior Ministry Mohammad Ayub Salangi said.
"Five terrorists attacked military section of the airport but all the attackers had been killed," Salangi told media at the site of the attack.
He also said that one of the terrorists blew up his explosive- laden vehicle next to the wall of the airport at 04:20 a.m. local time, enabling others to enter the complex.
However, security personnel retaliated rapidly and killing all the remaining four militants within hours.
"No casualty had been inflicted to security personnel, civilians or the employees of the airport," Salangi asserted.
Meantime, an eyewitness at the site, Mohammad Azim said that he saw ambulances taking some injured from the area.
Azim also said that the clash between attackers and the security personnel lasted for about five hours.
The attackers, according to the eyewitnesses, had hidden the explosive device under toilet papers in a vehicle and detonated it.
According to the eyewitnesses, following the blast, militants from few under construction buildings at nearby begun firing towards the airport and one of the rockets hit the dining room of the military section of the airport but caused no loss of life.
This is the third attack at the military section of Kabul airport over the past couple of weeks, but Thursday's attack is the heaviest one.
"One militant detonated a car bomb at the gate of the complex where dozens of under-construction buildings are located, injuring one policeman and enabling other militants to seize one of the under construction buildings," a police official told Xinhua but declined to be named.
"The fighting and rocket propelled grenade (RPG) firing on the airport started immediately after the vehicle blast and the armed militants who had occupied four-or-five story under construction building in Qasaba locality in northern part of airport at around 4:30 a.m. local time, targeting the military section of the airport with RPG and Kalashnikov," the official added.
Shortly after the attack, a Taliban purported spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, claimed responsibility for the attack and said in talks with media via telephone from unknown location claimed that the militants had inflicted huge casualties, a claim rebuffed by Salangi as groundless.