Taliban target Mattis’ plane at Kabul airport; woman killed

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The Taliban launched a volley of rockets near Kabul’s international airport on Wednesday shortly after US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in the Afghan capital for talks, an official said.

An Afghan woman was killed and 11 other civilians were wounded as the volley of missiles struck both the international and the military sections of the airport, as well as two civilian houses nearby.

Police had cordoned off the area to find the exact location from which the rockets were fired, interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish told AFP.

In an ensuing battle, Afghan special forces managed to repel the attackers, killing four. Tumor Shah Hamedi, director of Kabul airport, said all flights were halted as a result of the attack.

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