Afghan Taliban attack on Kandahar ‘leaves 46 dead’

Afghan security forces stand guard at the entrance gate of Kandahar Airport (09 December 2015)

At least 46 security personnel, Taliban fighters and civilians have been killed in clashes in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, officials say.

Several people were also taken hostage in the Taliban assault on Kandahar airport, which began on Tuesday.

The airport compound houses Afghan military and civilian sections as well as a Nato base.

Officials said the attackers had managed to breach the first gate of the complex.

Local security officials and Afghanistan’s Tolo News TV are now reporting the fighting has ended. All flights have been cancelled.

The Taliban said it carried out the attack at the heavily fortified site.

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