Explosions and gunfire heard near Kabul airport
Suspected militants have launched an attack close to the main airport in the Afghan capital, Kabul, security forces say.
Witnesses reported the sound of explosions and gunfire coming from the airport shortly after dawn.
It is not known if there are any casualties.
The airport is home to a large Nato-led military base. One report said the US embassy in Kabul had sounded its “duck and cover” alarm.
The embassy also announced on loudspeakers that the alarm was not a drill, AFP news agency said.
Kabul airport under attack from militants
Large explosions heard coming from NATO headquarters at Kabul airport in Afghanistan
BREAKING: ATTACK ON KABUL INTL AIRPORT INCLUDES US AIR FORCE AREA, RED ALERT AT US EMBASSY
June 8, 2013 — 7:30 PM CDT – DEVELOPING – A major terrorist attack is occurring now at Kabul International Airport. Large explosions and gunfire have been heard, suicide bombers are intruding, and there are reports of insurgents firing rockets. Targeted areas seem to include the US Air Force’s area, a counter narcotics building. The attack began around 7:00 PM CDT. The attackers are believed to be Taliban militia.
“US embassy in Kabul advising employees for “Duck and Cover”; stay away from windowS, wait for further instruction,” reports Newsbreaker on Twitter. The US embassy is on lockdown. The embassy has confirmed an “on-going attack” in Kabul, the capitol city. The US embassy is located next to NATO’s ISAF headquarters (International Security Assistance Force). SEE MAP.
UPDATE: The attack might be reprisal for the arrest of a Taliban leader today: “An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban leader and two other extremists during an operation in Kandahar City, Kandahar province, today. The leader oversees a group of extremists involved in improvised explosive devices operations in Kandahar City. He has a history of building multiple types of IEDs and directing his subordinates to carry out attacks against Afghan and coalition forces in Kandahar City.” (Source: ISAF news release, 9 June 2013)
Tweet from @911Buff
AFGHANISTAN: DEVELOPING – A NUMBER OF SUICIDE BOMBERS HAVE ATTACKED THE MILITARY SIDE OF KABUL INTL AIRPORT. ALJAZEERA. #911BUFF
Kabul rocked by militant attack near airport
@911Buff with another tweet.
AFGHANISTAN: NO INCOMING OR OUTGOING FLIGHTS AT KABUL INTL AIRPORT FOLLOWING MASSIVE EXPLOSIONS. DOZENS OF AMBULANCES RUSHING TO THE SCENE.
BREAKING: Kabul airport rocked by another blast
Emergency Messages for U.S. Citizens: We advise U.S citizens to remain indoors and exercise caution and avoid the airport
June 9, 2013
Kabul City: Due to reports of an explosion in Kabul near the airport, we advise U.S citizens to remain indoors and exercise caution and avoid the airport. Further updates on the situation will be posted to the Embassy website as they come available. June 10, 2013
Footage of Kabul airport attack; listen to the firefight