Rockets strike Afghanistan’s Kandahar airport, flights suspended

Kabul : Flights in Afghanistan’s Kandahar airport were suspended early Sunday after rockets struck the nation’s second main international airport Saturday night, a local official confirmed.

“The initial information found Taliban militants fired three rockets on Kandahar International Airport and two of them struck the runway late Saturday night. Local authorities were inspecting and trying to repair and reopen the runway as soon as possible,” the official told Xinhua anonymously.

The attack did not cause casualties, the source said.

Kandahar city, the capital of the southern Kandahar province, has been the scene of fierce clashes recently as Afghan government security forces continued heavy fighting to prevent Taliban militants from advancing. The militants were trying to overrun the city after capturing several suburban districts in the province in recent weeks.

On Saturday, three civilians were killed and 10 civilians, including two women and two children, were wounded during heavy battles in Kandahar city, Dawood Farhad, director of main government-run hospital in the city, told Xinhua earlier on Sunday.