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Rockets Explode at Kabul Airport Hours After Pentagon Chief James Mattis Lands

According to Afghanistan's interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish, the volley of missiles struck near the military section of the airport but there were no casualties or immediate claim of responsibility.

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Updated:September 27, 2017, 3:16 PM IST
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Rockets Explode at Kabul Airport Hours After Pentagon Chief James Mattis Lands
Afghan policemen stand guard outside of Kabul Airport after rockets exploded in Kabul, Afghanistan on September 27, 2017. (Photo: Reuters/Mohammad Ismail)
Kabul: Several rockets exploded in and around Kabul airport on Wednesday hours after US Defense Secretary James Mattis arrived in the Afghan capital on an unannounced visit, police said. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack.

The volley of missiles struck near the military section of the airport but there were no casualties, interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish told AFP.

Police have cordoned off the area to find the exact location from which the rockets were fired, he said, adding that no flights were cancelled.

The attack came hours after Mattis arrived in the Afghan capital, the first member of Donald Trump's cabinet to visit the war-torn country since his pledge to stay the course in America's longest war.
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