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Taliban claims Kabul airport attack during Defense Secretary Mattis visit

The Taliban and the Islamic State both claimed responsibility for a rocket attack on Kabul's international airport Wednesday. The Taliban said the target was Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who is making an unannounced visit to Afghanistan, local media reported.

Missiles hit the Hamid Karzai International Airport hours after Mattis and Jens Stoltenberg, the NATO secretary-general, arrived in Kabul for talks with Afghan officials and to meet U.S. forces, local broadcaster TOLOnews reported.

“At 11.36 am two missiles were fired on Kabul International Airport from Deh Sabz district, damaging the air force hangers and destroying one helicopter and damaging three other helicopters, but there were no casualties,” said Kabul airport Chief Yaqub Rassouli, according to media reports.



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