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7 militants dead in Jalalabab airport attack

7 militants dead in Jalalabab airport attack

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Apr 06, 2011 - 14:41

JALALABAD (PANinfo-icon): Seven Talibaninfo-icon fighters were killed in a clash with security forces after the insurgents launched an attack on an airport in eastern Nangarhar province on Wednesday, officials said.

Laced with heavy and light guns, the militants attacked the airport in Jalalabad city, the provincial capital, at 12am from the southeast, provincial police chief, Ali Shah Paktiawal, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

Afghan police and International Security Assistance Force (ISAFinfo-icon) troops responded to the attack, killing seven attackers, Paktiawal said, adding the joint forces suffered no causalities in the firefight that lasted 20 minutes.

Two Kalashnikovs, two rocket launchers, a machinegun and 19 rockets were recovered from the dead militants, he said.

An Afghan army commander at the airport, Col. Jahangeer, said the dead militants included four Afghans and three Pakistani nationals.

Nangarhar public healthinfo-icon director, Dr. Baz Mohammad, confirmed receiving seven dead bodies of militants. He did not allow reporters to take photos of the bodies.

ISAF's headquarters in Kabulinfo-icon confirmed the causalities on insurgents.

In a statement, the force said the airport building was partially damaged in the crossfire. It also said the joint forces stayed unhurt.

The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the assault, with their spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, saying the fighters killed five ISAF soldiers and wounded several others. He confirms the death of three Taliban in airstrikes.

ISAF denied Taliban's claim that their troops were killed or wounded.

The Jalalabad airport was twice attacked in the past by squads of suicide attackers, leaving a number of Afghan and international soldiers and the suicide attackers dead and wounded.

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