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Kabul rocked by militant attack near airport: police

Kabul rocked by militant attack near airport: police

Kabul: Militants launched a suicide attack near Kabul airport shortly after dawn today, police said, with loud explosions and gunfire heard close to the site in the Afghan capital.

Several blasts and bursts of small-arms fire erupted for about one hour and were ongoing, with the US embassy sounding its "duck and cover" alarm and its loudspeakers warning that the alarm was not a drill.

"It's an ongoing gunfight and blasts, and I can tell you that it's a suicide group attack," Hashmat Stanikzai, Kabul's police chief, told AFP.

Stanikzai said he was unable to confirm the target of the attack, but the explosions came from close to the airport area on the northeast side of the city.

Kabul last came under attack on May 24, when Taliban militants launched a coordinated suicide and gun attack on a compound of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

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