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    Daesh, Taliban Attack Kabul Airport Hours After Mattis, Stoltenberg Arrive

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    The Afghan Kabul International Airport was attacked at around 11:15 a.m. local time, local media reported, leaving one civilian dead and four wounded. Taliban and Daesh both claimed responsibility for the strike.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Afghan Kabul International Airport was attacked at around 11:15 a.m. local time (06:45 GMT) several hours after US Defense Secretary James Mattis and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg arrived in the city without announcement, local media reported, citing anonymous sources. Moreover, Daesh and Taliban (banned in Russia) have already claimed its responsibility for the strike.

    At least one civilian has been killed and four wounded as, Interior Ministry spokesman Najibn Danish said Wednesday

    "One of the rockets was launched in Paktia Kot area in a civilian house which killed one civilian and injured four others. The special forces have surrounded the house where three insurgents are hiding," Danish told the Tolo news.

    Besides, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg later called the attack on Kabul civilian airport as a criminal act.

    "An attack on the civilian airport is a criminal act, an act of terrorism, and it's a sign of weakness not of strength. And that's exactly why I would like to commend the Afghan security forces, which are handling these kinds of attacks," Stoltenberg said at a press conference.

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